Allan Law, a 69-year old Minneapolis resident, is better known as the “Sandwich Man.” Law drives around Minneapolis handing out sandwiches and supplies to the city’s homeless and needy every night. He has spent his entire life passionately and unselfishly serving the poor, disadvantaged youth and their families. He started volunteering since 1967. He has spent more than 175,000 hours and almost $500,000 – that came right from his pocket- for volunteer work.
Allan was a teacher in the Inner City Minneapolis Public School System for 32 years, and founded Minneapolis Recreation Development, Inc. 1967. MRD provides every day food assistance and variety of emergency needs for poor youths and their families in the Twin Cities. MRD does not have an office, but is based out of Alan’s apartment where he maintains 10 freezers to store sandwiches, and other program items. In 1996 Minneapolis Recreation Development, Inc. was granted 501(c) (3) Nonprofit Status which has helped offset the increasing needs in the community and ongoing expenses.
Allan is the sole delivery person. He spends every night from 9m to10am driving the inner city streets of the Twin Cities in search of people to help. Making as many as 50 stops a night, he provides urgently needed food, basic necessities, and compassionate care to hundreds of people from the back of his MRD minivan. On any given night there are an estimated 7,000 homeless people in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area, and over 2,200 are children under 17. The goal of MRD is to feed, and provide emergency assistance to as many of them every day as possible. He also responds to several calls a day 24/7 from people in crisis, with requests ranging from critical immediate needs, to others like help finding a job or temporary housing.
Over the years he has received numerous awards, including the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Gold Medallion presented at the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also received recognition from 3 U.S. Presidents for his Public Service. His dedication to helping others, and serving those in need through difficult and trying times, has given hope to thousands of people through more than 44 years of volunteering.
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