Ladles of Love sandwich drive on Mandela Day

Ladles of Love founder Danny Diliberto.

Ladles of Love is inviting Capetonians to make history on Mandela Day, Saturday July 18, by spending their 67 minutes setting a new world record of sandwich making in an hour. 

The volunteer-run soup kitchen, which has been a lifeline for the needy during lockdown, moved to GrandWest, in Goodwood at the beginning of July.

Ladles of Love founder Danny Diliberto says the plan is to break the current world record set in South Africa last year of 107 418 sandwiches made in an hour.

“We are challenging everyone to get involved in our live Facebook challenge from their homes,” he says, “to help us collectively make 125 000 sandwiches in one hour. Volunteers will then distribute to the hungry to eat that afternoon.” 

Samara Stern, the volunteer who started the Ladles of Love sandwich drive, says since the start of lockdown, Capetonians have generously donated more than 1.5 million home-made sandwiches for the hungry in the province.  

Each person who registers for the drive will receive a free Mandela Day “sandwich making kit” of five loaves of Sasko bread and a tin of Rhodes jam. This can be collected from one of their depots between 9am and 7pm on Friday July 17.

A link will be sent on Zoom to join the virtual sandwich-making attempt between 10am and 11am on Saturday July 18.

Participants can then pop their sandwiches back into the original bread bags, reseal them and drop back at the depot between 11am and 1pm on the same day.

Drivers will then collect the sandwiches and take them to Ladles of Love at GrandWest, where auditors will tally sandwiches made. The results will be available later in the day.

Click here to register. For more information visit the Ladles of Love Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages or call 021 201 1244.