February 02, 2019

North Texans help feed the hungry by breaking a Guinness World Record at Texas Live!

Hundreds of North Texans set a Guinness World Record in Arlington on Saturday for the most sandwiches made in an hour.

And if you’re wondering who ate them all, don’t worry, the sandwiches went to a good cause.

One hour was on the clock not only to set a world record, but to help feed the hungry.

"That means I helped out other people that don’t have food," one sandwich maker said.

More than 1,000 people joined TangoTab at Texas Live! in Arlington to make the most sandwiches in an hour.

Even Fox 4's Hanna Battah and Allison Harris joined in on the fun. They were the emcees for the attempt.

The record to beat was 49,100 sandwiches, which was set in 2016 by Temple University.

Each person was asked to make 60 - at least one sandwich per minute.

It wasn't easy, but they all came prepared with their own strategy.

"I get one piece of bread, I get meat, and then I get cheese. And then I get another piece of bread," sandwich maker Kate Brown said.

"We're doing a team effort here, so there's 12 slices that we're laying out and then mirroring the two together. Then just combining and then bagging and then reloading again,” Roger Venegas said.

Once a sandwich was done, it went in a Ziploc bag and was placed in a box.

100 sandwiches meant the box was ready to be closed and turned in.

Then it was up to the Guinness World Records adjudicator to count it all up.

Once the results were in, he took to the stage to give everyone the good news.

"You had 57,662 sandwiches," he exclaimed.

But the real excitement, for many, was knowing their hard work would be going back to help the community.

Those 57,662 sandwiches were donated to 20 North Texas food charities.

"No one should be hungry. That's ridiculous. We can cut back on a Starbucks a day to make sure they have a sandwich or whatever. I mean, it takes a village to make sure we're all okay," participant Erica Garrison said.

TangoTab - which was behind Saturday's record attempt - is a Dallas based mobile app that feeds people in need when consumers dine at their partner restaurants.

"Most of these people have jobs. It's not like hunger from around the world. It's not the guy that stands under the bridge with a sign and needs help. That's less than 2 percent of the population of hungry. So the hungry look more like us," TangoTab founder Andre Angel said.

Angel also said that hunger isn't fun, but solving it could be.

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