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High school students make 3,000 sandwiches for homeless

Ben Henry
Updated: October 17, 2020 11:12 PM
Created: October 17, 2020 01:09 PM

The pandemic, and its effect on volunteering opportunities, led to 3,000 meals getting prepared by community members for the "Minneapolis Sandwich Man."

When Math and Science Academy 10th grader Lynne Inouye was having trouble filling her 10-hour volunteering requirement for the National Honor Society, she figured out her own way to get it done. 

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"There may be less opportunities, but that's what makes things like this even more important, you know?" Inouye said.

This was an effort by Inouye and her classmates to help Allen Law — better known as the Minneapolis Sandwich Man.

Even dealing with health concerns this year surrounding cancer, and for more than 50 years, Law has been helping the homeless population night after night, handing out 850,000 sandwiches in 2019.

With the help of Cub Foods, GirlOnward and community members, this effort was able to produce 3,000 sandwiches — and likely fill those volunteering hours. 

"When I hear about this, I have to meet the person," Law said as he picked up the meals from Inouye.

"If it weren't for all the volunteers, like this wonderful lady, I wouldn't have handed out 850,000 sandwiches last year," he added. 

This year has been a bit different for Law due to COVID-19 and more focus on his health. But still, he has hope thanks to Inouye and her classmates that he'll be able to help those in need through what's expected to be a long winter. 

To help the Minneapolis Sandwich Man in his effort to help the homeless and underserved, you can donate here.


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