As part of Wawa’s Welcome America celebration, the Pennsylvania-based c-store company built a six-ton, two-mile-long Italian hoagie at Philadelphia’s Independence Mall.

In reality, the six-tone hoagie was 23,000 of the company’s Shorti hoagies, which were then served for free during the event.

Wawa president and CEO Chris Gheysens, according to, said the first 5,000 hoagies assembled for the event were donated to Philabundance, a local food-rescue organization that works to support those who go hungry in the Greater Philadelphia area. Another 1,000 hoagies were donated to local veterans through chef Robert Irvine.

According to Wawa, the sandwich was large enough to feed 20,000 people.