Give Help

There are many ways for you to lend a helping hand with our programs (please note the BIG changes listed below):

Volunteering: Current volunteer opportunities are limited to at-home pantry pack builds for The Children’s Lunchbox. Or you can do your own food drive! Email for details and instructions, or download them here.

Monetary donations can be made securely online as a one-time or recurring gift, or mailed to 1020 E. 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Please do not send mail to any other address. We also have a Donate button on our Facebook page. 

All food donations should now be dropped off at our Administration building Monday- Friday, 9am - 4pm. We are no longer accepting food donations at 1101 E. 3rd Avenue. Please note, the drop off location is best accessed off 5th Avenue, as we are adjacent to Lucky Wishbone and our donation door is across the alley from Van's Dive Bar, next to Lucky Wishbone. We are the two-story grey and maroon building and there is a doorbell you can ring on arrival. You may also call 907.433.8601 for assistance. If you require special arrangements to drop off donations after 4pm or on the weekend, please email

Given our storage capacity is limited, we are asking primarily for non-perishables, or funds to purchase food as needed. For the holidays- hams and chicken (not turkey) are ideal.   

Our high priority items are fresh produce and proteins (eggs, meat, milk, items for baking, and snacks for serving at the Sullivan Arena shelter). Please note- snacks for the shelter must be nut-free and fish free due to allergies. 

Our greatest need for The Children’s Lunchbox are breakfast items for pantry packs. This includes shelf stable cartons of milk, small boxes of cereal, dehydrated eggs, dehydrated hash browns, etc. Pantry packs are designed to be shelf stable (they are given out in multiples) and feed a family of four (4). We also need snack items (fruit cups for example) that do not contain fish or nuts. We also use these snacks at the shelter, so they go a long way and are in high demand. 

Our greatest ongoing food needs for Bean’s Cafe are proteins and snack items (no nuts, no fish) are:

  • Ground Sausage
  • Sausage Links
  • Beef Roast
  • Pork Roast
  • Ground Beef
  • Sandwich Meat Turkey, Chicken, Ham or Roast Beef
  • Vegetable Frozen or Fresh
  • Onions

Please note we have discontinued the distribution of Beanie Boxes for the holidays. Our highest priority items for 2021 and into 2022 are: chicken and ham, non-perishable foods and/or the funds to purchase food as needed. Thank you for understanding. Our business model has changed slightly and we have less freezer and fridge space to work with.


Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) #93858

Our Tax ID # 92-0072522

Please email if you have any questions.

Wish Lists

These wish lists include the most commonly needed and requested items in our programs. Don’t have time to drop off donations? You can always donate monetarily on this website and designate Bean’s or TCL (or both). We know Alaska loves Amazon! Use Amazon Smile for your Amazon purchases and we’ll receive a part of the proceeds too! Shop at Fred Meyer? Join their donation program and we’re rewarded for your shopping trips.

Click here for full, printable ongoing wish lists for Bean’s Cafe and The Children’s Lunchbox.

Bean’s Cafe Food Wish List: Our number one needs are always coffee,  proteins fresh fruit and vegetables, hot chocolate, and toilet paper. However, click the link above to see our full, updated list.

Food Donations

Bean’s Cafe and The Children’s Lunchbox rely heavily on the donation of food items to serve the thousands of hungry adults and children in Anchorage. We are able to receive a variety of different types of foods, with a few restrictions

What we can accept

  • Canned Goods
  • Food prepared in a commercial kitchen 
  • Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
  • Pre-packaged food items purchased at the store
  • Whole or unprocessed meats

For example, moose roast but not moose sausage, unless it is professionally processed. Whole salmon but not smoked or canned, unless done professionally.

What we cannot accept:

  • Home-made food items
  • Opened food items (such as a box of cookies that may not have been fully eaten)
  • Left-over food items (such as remaining food from a conference or barbecue).
  • Spoiled food items
  • Items not prepared in a commercial kitchen

See notes above about meat products.

If you have any further questions about what we can or cannot accept, please call the Program Manager for the program you wish to donate to. Click here to review our Third-Party Fundraiser Guidelines.

All food items for Bean’s Cafe and The Children's Lunchbox  can be dropped off at Bean’s Cafe Administration, 1020 E 4th Ave. Monday- Friday 9 am- 4 pm


We are primarily supported through the generous donations of individuals in our community, and fundraisers are an important part of keeping our doors open. If you would like to throw your own fundraiser, private or public, please contact our Development and Communication Director, Diana Arthur

Community Partner Programs

Shopping for Good

Fred Meyer has it all, and now when you’re shopping for anything from fresh vegetables to school supplies to clothes, you can be giving back at the same time. Simply by linking your rewards card to Bean’s Cafe/The Children’s Lunchbox, every time you swipe your card, you’re giving back. You still receive your rewards, fuel points, and rebates, with the added benefit of supporting us! Link your Rewards Card today by clicking the link

Bagoy’s Florist & Home

Bagoy’s makes it easy to buy and deliver flowers for every kind of special occasion, and with their Helping Hands Program, you can make it even more special. For every purchase made online at, at checkout simply select Bean’s Cafe/The Children’s Lunchbox and Bagoy’s will donate $5.00 of your purchase to our organization

Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile is a program of the Amazon Foundation, in which 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible items purchased through will be donated to your chosen organization. It’s so easy to get started, just go to and select Bean’s Cafe from the list of charities. Now every time you shop, just start right from, and your donation occurs automatically whenever you buy online!