Pay it Forward: The Sandwich Project

The Sandwich Project just put together its 10,000th sack lunch (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) A group of dozens of volunteers meet together every other week to help feed people at the Road Home Family Shelter in Midvale.

Volunteers for "The Sandwich Project" gather at St. Therese Catholic Church in Midvale to assemble sack lunches with ham and cheese sandwiches, carrots, cookies and more. The brown bags are then immediately delivered to the family shelter for distribution.

"We do approximately 300 every other Saturday," said Mark Neisen, who helps organize the project.

The group has recently made its 1,000th sack lunch.

The Sandwich Project started four years ago with a group of people, including Neisen and his wife Jennifer, who wanted to help their community.

"We started with five of us, with no money, with no idea what we were going to do or how we were going to do it," Neisen explained. "But, we just dove in and here we are."

That group of five people has grown to anywhere from 25-45 volunteers helping every other Saturday morning. The volunteers come from the church's congregation, as well as from the community.

"It's members, it's extended families, it's friends of people that have just heard about it and want to help," said Neisen.

The service project is now a well-oiled machine that is changing lives.

"We're not going to stop world hunger, but we can stop it hopefully in our little corner of the world," Neisen said.

Volunteers and parishioners contribute their own money to buy supplies for the sack lunches.

"We're just trying to fill our niche, do what we can to help," said Neisen of the effort.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to The Sandwich Project to help them buy supplies for the lunches.

If you would like to help out, you can call the St. Therese Catholic Church at 801-255-3721. The group usually meets every other Saturday at 8AM.