Sandwich Making Volunteer Challenge: If you are in the NYC area, join Women You Should Know on Saturday, April 28th at our FearlessFest NYC event where, in addition to experiencing a host of empowering activities and workshops, you will have the chance to roll up your sleeves and start spreading the love in support of One Sandwich At A Time. You can give back by helping Erin Dinan and her OSAAT team hit their FearlessFest goal of making 1,000 PB&J sandwiches that will then be distributed to people in need immediately following the event. Exclusive ticket promo code at the end of this story.

Photographer and humanitarian Erin Dinan wanted to change the world, but was stumped as to what she could possibly do to make an impact. It was a simple sandwich and a chance encounter with a homeless man that gave her the clarity and inspiration she needed, and her nonprofit, One Sandwich at a Time was born.

The mission of the organization is to “create a global understanding and empathy for the homeless population by bringing together the community to feed the homeless… one sandwich at a time.”

After graduating college, Erin decided to pack her bags and explore the world. Her travels took her to over 31 different countries. Her experiences while abroad had a profound impact and ultimately led her to move to New York City to pursue her passion for photography.

One day Erin was hurrying to make a train at Grand Central Station, and quickly stopped to buy a sandwich. As Erin headed to the platform, a homeless man approached her asking for money to buy food. Without thinking, she handed him half of her sandwich. Erin recalls the man was “shocked and grateful” as he accepted it.

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What she realized in that moment is that small actions, like handing over a sandwich, can make a big difference. It’s what inspired Erin to begin making sandwiches and giving them to those in need who she met along her way. Soon after, her friend George Kontogiannis got involved, and they established One Sandwich at a Time.

Together with volunteers, in a donated space, One Sandwich at a Time makes peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, bagging them up and delivering them to area food pantries, homeless shelters and food distribution centers.

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Since the organization’s inception, they have fed thousands of New Yorkers, with the goal of reaching and feeding 100,000 people.

On the OSAAT site, Erin quotes Audrey Hepburn, “We have two hands – one to help ourselves and one to help others.” The intrepid founder explains that One Sandwich at a Time “is our vision of two hands creating one world.”

Photos courtesy of One Sandwich at a Time. Lead image by Jd Urban.


SANDWICH MAKING VOLUNTEER CHALLENGE

If you are in the NYC area, join Women You Should Know on Saturday, April 28th at our FearlessFest NYC event where, in addition to experiencing a host of empowering activities and workshops, you will have the chance to roll up your sleeves and start spreading the love in support of One Sandwich At A Time. You can give back by helping Erin Dinan and her OSAAT team hit their FearlessFest goal of making 1,000 PB&J sandwiches that will then be distributed to people in need immediately following the event.

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