Bean’s Cafe exists to fight hunger for all ages, one meal at a time, while providing a pathway to self-sufficiency with dignity and respect. Our continued focus is feeding the hungry and homeless in our community.


Tickets for Empty Bowl Project 2023 go on sale Monday, February 6, 2023. Visit our Event Page for link and information.

Bean’s Cafe Services

Click here for an overall list of needed items for lunch/dinner. Click here for a list of breakfast items. Click here for a video overview of Bean's Cafe.

All food donations can be dropped off at our Administration building Monday- Friday, 9am - 4pm. We are no longer accepting food donations at 1101 E. 3rd Avenue. Call 907.433.8601 for assistance.

Our top necessities continue to be food and money to purchase food and supplies associated with meal distribution. Since March 2020, thanks to generous donors we have been able to serve more than 1.6-million meals between Bean's Cafe and The Children's Lunchbox.


Visit our Give Help page for details.

Children’s Lunchbox:

In order to meet increased demand for food services, the Children’s Lunchbox needs your help with donations of food and funds for feeding children and families. Our need is greater than ever.       Find out more by clicking here.


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

Adult Meals

We provide meals 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 using a mobile food distribution model and we work with partners throughout Anchorage to ensure meals are being delivered daily.


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 (pantry boxes) to local community programs serving children (and families). These meals are prepared and delivered to partner sites.

Permanency Navigation/Streets to Success:

If you are a single adult (living in a shelter or outside), are employed or workforce ready, and can maintain a sober lifestyle, you may qualify for assistance through our Streets to Success program. Please email or phone 907.538.7049

Streets to Success offers:

• Access to housing
• Permanency Navigators who will help support you through life’s challenges
• Life skills coaching
• Resume workshops
• Education and Employment workshops
• Budgeting classes
• Peer support and mentorship
• Assistance with stable, permanent housing
• And much, much, more!


Beans' Cafe and The Children's Lunchbox has served more than 1-million meals since March 2020!

Children's Lunchbox: A program of Bean's Cafe

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.

Stories of Success and Hope

(Visit our Facebook page for the many, many stories.)

Bean’s Cafe has helped me in ways I never thought possible. It goes beyond food. They helped me to believe in myself again. — Daniel, former client

Email if you have a story you are willing to share