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 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 at the Sullivan Arena shelter and in permanent supportive housing facilities. In total we are providing meals to more than 10 food sites in Anchorage.
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.
Permanency Navigation/Streets to Success:
If you are a single adult (living in a shelter or outside), are employed or workforce ready, or qualify for SSI or SSDI, and can maintain a sober lifestyle, you may qualify for assistance through our Streets to Success program. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 907.538.7049
Streets to Success offers:
• Immediate 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!
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.