On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Osseo-Maple Grove American Legion family — American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Riders — joined forces to help out the homeless.
About 30 OMG Legion members and their families made 970 sandwiches in less than two hours in support of the 363 Days Food Program, the food program affiliated with the Minneapolis Recreation Department, Inc. (MRD).
Allan Law, the founder of MRD in 1967, delivers sandwiches to the homeless everyday of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. The focus for ‘363 Days’ is feeding the homeless the other days of the year. Law has local youth help him make deliveries to homeless shelters, vacant buildings and under bridges. Many of the homeless that receive sandwiches and, perhaps, other help from ‘363 Days’ are veterans.
Law distributes an average of 1,600 sandwiches a night. He distributed approximately 600,000 sandwiches in 2011.
He does not ask for donations or seek recognition and ‘363 Days’ has no paid staff. For many years, Law paid for the program out of his retirement income by purchasing unsold bakery goods, and sandwiches at a discount from several stores and gas stations every night. At this time, 10,000 individuals and over 700 community organizations, churches, schools and businesses have supported the 363 Days Food Program through donations of sandwiches, clothing and money. Donated funds are used to purchase, among other things, tokens so that some of the homeless who could not get into shelters could ride the bus at night instead of being out in the cold.
For more information about the 363 Days Food Program and MRD, visit their website at www.mrdinc.org or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.