A “Sandwich Jam” is a sandwich making event – a fun-filled and socially responsible team building activity where groups work together to try and make as many sandwiches as possible in a limited time. Afterwards, the sandwiches are distributed to hungry people via agencies.
For organisations and schools wishing to host a Sandwich Jam independently, without any direct assistance from FoodBank SA, we've developed guidelines and a supplies calculator.
If you would prefer FoodBank SA make all the arrangement for your Sandwich Jam, then please read Sandwich Jams by FoodBank SA.
First up, decide on your Sandwich Jam venue, date and time; the number of participants; and the duration of the event.
If you're working to a budget, then the supplies calculator is a great tool to help identify and control costs.
We recommend you schedule your Sandwich Jam for a week-day morning (rather than on week-ends, public holidays or afternoons), as it greatly increases the probability of the sandwiches being collected, distributed and eaten on the same day.
We have found the most efficient arrangement is for participants to pair up, with one person devoted to making sandwiches, while the other takes care of the wrapping, labelling and packing (in a manner that makes them easy to count).
We recommend that participants wear comfortable, old clothes that they don't mind getting dirty and flat closed toed shoes; trainers are recommended.
After your event, FoodBank SA would be happy to come and collect the sandwiches, together with any left over supplies, and distribute them amongst our network of agencies, as long as...
- we've been notified at least 3 working days in advance;
- the event is being hosted less than 20km from one of our foodbanks;
- the event produces at least 500 sandwiches (or 75 kg of sandwiches); and
- a suggested minimum financial contribution of R1 per sandwich is made towards our collection and distribution costs. Click here for payment options. A section 18A tax receipt can be provided under certain circumstances.
Alternatively, feel free to make your own distribution arrangements, directly to one of our agencies (listed here) or to any other agency of your choice.
If you would like a FoodBank SA representative on-site for your event, then this can be arranged, at an additional cost.
The Sandwich Jam Supplies Calculator has been built to help you determine what supplies you'll need for your Sandwich Jam based on
- the number of participants invited, and ;
- the number of sandwiches you anticipate each participant will make.
Simply input these 2 numbers below (or download the Sandwich Jam Supplies Calculator in spreadsheet format), and the calculator will tell you the quantity of each supply item we recommend.
Most people can make 20-25 sandwiches in 40 minutes -- which equates to approximately 1 sandwich every 2 minutes.
Enter number of participants:
Enter number of sandwiches per participant:
|Sandwich target :
|SUPPLIES||UNIT DESCRIPTION||TOTAL UNITS REQ'D|
|Bread||1 loaf (min 18 slices)|
|Butter or Margarine||1kg|
|Honey or Jam||1kg|
|Disposable hair nets||Each|
|Disposable knives||Box of 10|
|Tables||Each - approx 1m x 2m
(accomodates 8 people)
|Disposable tablecloths||1.4m width x 3m length
(to fit tables)
|Greaseproof sandwich bags||Each|
|Labels for sandwich bags||Each|
The calculator assumes the following;
- A loaf of bread has a minimum of 18 usable slices.
- Each sandwich is constructed with 2 slices of bread; butter or margarine on one slice of bread plus peanut butter, jam or honey on the other.
- 10g of butter or margarine is applied per sandwich (on one slice of bread), plus EITHER 25g of peanut butter OR 15g of jam or honey (on the other slice of bread).
- Half the sandwiches are made with peanut butter and the other half with jam or honey.
- Each participant gets one apron and hair net (mop cap), a pair of disposable gloves, and up to two disposable knives.
Sandwich makers should be reminded NOT to skimp on fillings, even if they are racing, and reminded that the sandwiches will ultimately be given to people who are food insecure.
Once made, sandwiches should be packaged in a greaseproof sandwich bags and labelled.
In addition to the supplies itemized in the calculator, you will also need boxes or crates to pack the wrapped sandwiches, and trash bags for any waste. You might also consider supplementing each sandwich with a piece of fruit and/or juice box, for a more complete meal.
To make arrangements for sandwich collection by FoodBank SA, please contact us at least 3 working days in advance,
- by phone on +27 (0)21 531 5670,
- by fax on +27 (0)86 584 6019, or