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Community Makes 10,000 Sandwiches for the Needy in 1 Day, Honoring Legacy of Woman Who Did That for Soldiers in WWI



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A South Carolina community came together this week to make 10,000 sandwiches in one day to give away to local food banks, schools, soup kitchens, and shelters.

The 200 volunteers in Greenville were also honoring the amazing legacy of Eugenia Duke, a local woman who bucked every norm 100 years ago to start a business on her own—and support soldiers in World War I.

In 1917, Eugenia Duke and her daughter Martha began selling homemade sandwiches for 10 cents each at Army canteens to make extra money for their family in Greenville during the war.

Her pimento cheese, bacon, and mayonnaise sandwiches were quite popular and she got so many requests from soldiers at nearby Camp Sevier that she started bottling her homemade mayo four years later.

Her Duke’s Mayonnaise became a beloved condiment that is still sold on grocery shelves in much of the United States

The volunteers used around one ton of homemade pimento and cheddar cheese salad to assemble 10,000 sandwiches inside the historic pavilion downtown that is the same location of the original Duke’s Mayonnaise factory.

(Right) DUKE MAYONAISE COMPANY Founder, Eugene Duke; (left) VisitGreenvilleSC

They followed in Mrs. Duke’s footprints of kindness, too: She famously made 10,000 sandwiches in 1 day to support soldiers during World War 1.

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The whole community helped out, with Meals on Wheels delivering the sandwiches, Loaves & Fishes distributing the food, and Duke’s providing 100 gallons of its famous sauce. Other local hospitality companies contributed equipment and manpower to VisitGreenvilleSC, which organized the entire operation.

They followed the original recipe of Eugenia’s BPT (Bacon, Pimento Cheese, and Tomato Sandwich), which is as follows: 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese; 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese; 1/3 cup mayonnaise; ¼ cup diced tomatoes, ¼ cup diced sweet red peppers; and ¼ cup bacon bits.

The Good Samaritans formed assembly lines and worked tirelessly for six straight hours to hit the 10,000-sandwich goal, and feeding thousands of Greenvillians with the gourmet sandwiches during this season of giving—while honoring one of America’s earliest female entrepreneurs, Eugenia Duke.

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