Feeding the Hungry and Homeless Since 1979
Vision and Mission
We exist to fight hunger for all ages, one meal at a time while providing a pathway to self-sufficiency with dignity and respect.
“The premise of Bean’s Cafe is a deep belief in the inherent dignity of every person, a belief that people respond with kindness when treated kindly, with trust when trusted, and respectfully when respected. Our aim is not to set up a value system – determining what is right or wrong – or a way of life for persons, but allow them to form their own. In this situation, a person is not pressured into acting in a special way, and their response is free, lasting, and more fully themselves.”
– Bean’s Cafe Founding Documents, 1979
We provide three meals a day to anyone in need 365 days a year. Not all of our clients are homeless – many individuals struggle to make ends meet.
Meal service is provided at the Sullivan Arena shelter and in permanent supportive housing facilities.
Our 3rd Avenue Bean’s Cafe location is meal production and food storage only.
Child Nutrition Program
This program has changed slightly with the arrival of COVID-19 to Anchorage. You can find updates on The Children’s Lunchbox page.
The Children’s Lunchbox is our child nutrition program. We provide fresh and shelf-stable meals to local community programs serving children (and families). These meals are prepared and delivered to partner sites.
Our contract to operate the mass emergency shelter at the Sullivan Arena ended Wednesday, September 15. Please contact the Municipality of Anchorage for contact details for the new operator.
We are still providing navigation services and referrals to individuals in long-term supportive housing facilities.
Client Services staff works with clients to find housing, jobs, and more. Our client population includes some of the most vulnerable people in our community: seniors, veterans, people with physical and mental disabilities, and families just not able to make ends meet. In addition, we serve individuals with challenges in mental health, criminal histories, and those struggling with alcohol and drug addictions.
Beans' Cafe and The Children's Lunchbox has served more than 1-million meals since March 2020!
The Children’s Lunchbox (TCL) is a program of Bean’s Cafe, founded in 2004 in response to the growing number of hungry children in our community. Since its humble beginnings at Mt. View Elementary, our child nutrition program has grown up, and now serves more meals than Bean’s Cafe!
Visit The Children’s Lunchbox page for our current food campaign.
Bean’s Cafe has a history of helping those in need. Whether you’re a client or volunteer, we’d like to hear your history.