Temple Israel in Valdosta is preparing for its annual NY Corned Beef Sandwich Sale.
Members and volunteers are slicing 2,206 pounds of Hebrew National corned beef to make 5,700 sandwiches.
The congregation started with 500 corned beef on rye sandwiches 14 years ago. Now, they sell more than 10 times that amount.
"People in Valdosta never knew what it was," says Sidney Morris, a volunteer who helps get the event underway every year. "We brought it in. We nurtured it for 14 years. Valdosta knows what corned beef [is]. We're selling to 10 percent of the population in Valdosta a corned beef sandwich once a year."
For $10, the temple is selling 1/3 lb corned beef sandwich, chips, a dill pickle, drink and a Fresh Beginnings cookie.
Temple Israel's corned beef sale helps fund projects at the synagogue and benefits Lowndes County Partnership for Health, a clinic for the working uninsured.
The sale will be Sunday and Monday at Temple Israel in Valdosta, 511 Baytree Road. But, buying tickets in advance is recommended. They're available at Daylight Donuts, Astro, Steel's Jewelry and J. Carbone.