ATLANTA -- Volunteers gathered in five cities across North Georgia on Saturday and set a record while making summer lunches for children in need.
The Atlanta-based nonprofit Action Ministriesinvited the public to be a part of the "Guinness World Record Challenge" to support Smart Lunch, Smart Kid.
The goal was to beat the current record of 2,706 sandwiches made in one hour set by fraternities in Florida.
Volunteers in Lithonia made 4,226 sandwiches in one hour. Athens volunteers made 3,814, and those who turned out in Rome made 4,000. The Gainesville group made 3,546, and the volunteers in Augusta made 2,988 sandwiches.
Every group beat the record, with a combined otal of 18, 574 sandwiches.
The numbers will have to be certified by Guinness, and the process could take six weeks.
Saturday's event took place at the following locations: Sam's Club on on Turner Hill Road in Lithonia, Sam's Club on Mundy Hill Road in Oakwood, Trinity United Methodist Church in Rome, Sam's Club on Atlanta Highway in Bogart near Athens and Marvin United Methodist Church in Martinez near Augusta.
11Alive was one of the sponsors of Saturday's event.
TheSmart Lunch, Smart Kid program aims to serve 200,000 healthy lunches to children in 20 Georgia cities this summer.
The world record-breaking attempt was established in collaboration with The United Methodist Church's Rethink Church initiative, which highlights the many opportunities within United Methodist churches to engage with the world beyond church doors.
In the metro Atlanta area, the program serves children in the city of Atlanta and the Cascade corridor, College Park, East Point, Hapeville, Stone Mountain and Tucker. "If you can put a sandwich together, we need your help," said Rachel Ruckart, lead local coordinator.
Smart Lunch, Smart Kid 2013 statewide sponsors include Arby's Foundation, Gas South, Sam's Club, United Methodist Communications, Walmart Foundation and WellCare of Georgia.