The Main Campus Program Board’s PB & J day breaks a Guinness World Record.
Temple’s Main Campus Program Board (MCPB) has broken a record this year.
This September during Temple’s homecoming week, its Peanut Butter and Jelly (PB & J) day event broke the Guinness World Record for the most sandwiches made in one hour. More than 1,400 students, faculty, and staff members turned up to volunteer and made a total 49,100 sandwiches to be donated.
Danielle Snowden, the director of university events, originally had doubts as to whether such a large event would be successful.
“We pull off big events all the time but never something of this scale,” Snowden said. “We just didn’t know if it was going to happen so we were the ones that were freaking out the most.”
Trina Van, secretary and director of community service events, came up with the idea and hosted a small scale PB & J event to make and donate foods to the local community. With the encouragement and assistance from MCPB’s E-board, Van started planning for a larger, more daring goal where students would be able to show their Temple spirit but also be able to support the homeless and those in need.
Although it took only 12 weeks to get permission from Guinness World Records, a lot of planning went into organizing the event, especially with sponsorship and marketing.
Dylan Rhudd, the director of marketing, believes that the hardest part was getting the best turn-out.
“We wanted to have as many participants as possible,” Rhudd said. “I did a lot of promoting at Temple and the surrounding area to see who was on board with our goal to beat the world record.”
Written by Anh Nguyen