Sunbury Subway fills two big orders; 4,450 box lunches served at conferences

By Lenny C. Lepola

March 12, 2014

Joann Hingsbergen, owner of Subway of Sunbury, is accustomed to catering orders. Sunbury Subway caters parties and other gatherings, sometimes providing hundreds of sandwich and salad meals.

But on Saturday, February 22, Sunbury Subway filled an order to beat all orders – 2,350 boxed sandwich and salad meals for the 7th Annual Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference; and the next weekend, on Saturday, March 1, they filled an order for 2,100 box lunches at the 17th Annual Columbus Catholic Men’s Conference. Both conferences were held at the Ohio Expo Center Voinovich Building.

This is the fourth year that Subway of Sunbury prepared lunch for the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference, a first year for the men’s conference. Last year’s 2013 order was for 2,000 sandwiches and salads, so this year’s two weekend order totaled 4,450 box lunches, an order that will be hard to beat.

Hingsbergen said typically 200 to 300 customers walk through the doors at Subway of Sunbury each day, and walk out with 300 to 350 subs; that the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference and Columbus Catholic Men’s Conference orders combined is like two week’s worth of business in two days.

A catered order for thousands of hungry conference attendees doesn’t happen overnight – though the orders were assembled the night before each conference.

There were meetings to plan usage, calculate formulas and figure out the number cases of each component in the subs and salads, Hingsbergen said; and there were extra food deliveries each week. Then came the hard part, assembling and delivering the box lunches to be served at the conferences.

That’s where more help came in, as Subway of Sunbury employees and former employees gathered for all-night sessions baking bread and making and boxing sandwiches and salads.

“There was a lot of slicing vegetables as we assembled the sandwiches; and all of our bread is made within 24 hours of usage,” Hingsbergen said. “And we don’t have storage space, so we rented a refrigerated box truck that was packed full with pallets.

“It was very much a team effort,” Hingsbergen continued. “My employees and former employees still come back and work on the conference. I’ve always had good luck with staff members. I make sure they get a bonus for this, and a lot of them, because of working during the week, earn overtime.

“But this is more than working for money,” Hingsbergen added. “This is like a party where former employees get to come back and reunite with their friends they haven’t seen in a while. I love my staff; they did an awesome job. They’re a hard working, cooperative bunch of kids I can always trust.”

Hingsbergen said Subway of Sunbury has a catering focus that will help customers plan party needs, and delivery at a certain level can be arranged.

For additional information about Subway of Sunbury Catering go to < > where you can order online, or call 740-965-2244. On Facebook search for Subway of Sunbury.