Retired teacher Alan law, AKA the “Sandwich Man,” has spent every day of the last sixteen years of his life making sandwiches. Far from taking a job at Potbelly’s, he has dedicated his life to feeding Minneapolis’ homeless community. In 2014 alone Law handed out over 700,000 much needed sandwiches, 7,000 pair of socks and 75,000 bus tokens.
Law, who keeps seventeen freezers running in his apartment and delivers to shelters and corners from his van, often driving though the city all night, is well aware of how outrageous his kindness can seem. “It’s stupid,” Law has said. “Last night I got no sleep out in the streets, but I slept two hours today. I never complain. I don’t have to do it, I could quit right now, and I never will quit, ever, as long as I’m alive.” Law delivers some of the sandwiches for distribution by shelters, others he hands out by himself. “I bring sandwiches so not only will they have something to eat, but when they leave in the morning they can take a couple sandwiches with them.”
Funding for his work comes from his teacher’s pension and private donations to the Minneapolis Recreation Department. He has also taken on volunteers, some from various local church groups. “He’s very driven, he’s really very serious about the work that he does,” says Jeff Strickler, Twin Cities commander of the Salvation Army.
We at The Everyday Hero Foundation could not be more impress by The Sandwich Man’s work. To do some quick math, 700,000 sandwiches in 2014 is, on average, 1,918 sandwiches a day. That is not a typo. One-thousand-and-eighteen sandwiches. Every day. The super-hero-esque title is certainly deserved.
You can find a full story, as well as a link to the Minnesota Rotary Club award which Law received, at: http://www.kare11.com/story/news/local/land-of-10000-stories/2015/04/19/sandwich-man-allan-law/25964545/