The Children's Lunchbox

About The Children's Lunchbox

The Children’s Lunchbox originated with a dedicated emphasis on enhancing child nutrition and addressing food security concerns. Over time, our mission has expanded to support entire families, broadening our impact. We offer a diverse range of nourishing options, including fresh and non-perishable meals packed in pantry boxes. These boxes are distributed through local community programs tailored to serve both children and families. Our prepared meals are delivered to partner sites, ensuring that the essential nutritional support reaches those who need it most. Each pantry box provides a breakfast,  lunch, or dinner meal for a family of four and is given out in multiples to feed the whole family.

  • CITC & CITC Schoolyard- enrolled students only
  • Ridgeline Terrace- enrolled only
  • Hmoob Cultural Center- enrolled only
  • Safe Harbor- enrolled students only
  • Power Youth Center- enrolled students only
  • Chinook Elementary School
  • Sand lake Elementary School
  • North Star Elementary School
  • Williwaw Elementary School
  • Mountain View Elementary School
  • Northwood Elementary School
  • Lake Otis Elementary School
  • Fairview Elementary School
  • Muldoon Elementary School
  • Klatt Elementary School
  • Anchorage School District Education Center
  • Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 2:00–2:45 pm – 629 Hollywood Drive
  • Loussac Place Housing (NOT Loussac Library), Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 3:00–3:45 pm – 200 W 20th Ave
  • Spenard Rec Center, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 3:00–3:45 pm – 2020 W. 48th Ave. 
  • Fairview Rec Center, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 4:00–4:45 pm – 1121 E. 10th (in back of building)
  • Penland Park Trailer Park, Thursdays 2:30 – 3:30 pm – 3240 Penland Pkwy #1

The Children's Lunchbox Facts

1 in 8 children face hunger

6,811 average Children's Lunchbox meals prepared monthly

Services over 16 schools/programs

The Children's Lunchbox History

Kid's Cafe

In 1998 Kid’s Cafe, a non-profit organization feeding at-risk children in the Anchorage area, was in search of a stable, responsible board of directors. Bean’s Cafe immediately realized that its mission of feeding the hungry should extend to the children of our community. Bean’s Cafe board members realized that many of the poorest children in our community are at risk of not having their daily nutritional needs met. This sparked a vision of “prevention” and Kids Cafe became a program of Bean’s Cafe.

The Children's Lunchbox

In 2004, Bean's Cafe renamed Kid's Cafe to The Children’s Lunchbox. What began as a delivery of a few hundred meals a month to several programs quickly transformed into the provision of a few hundred meals a day.

TCL Expands

The addition of summer food programs as well as weekend food and pantry programs has only strengthened our work to ensure no child is hungry. The need continues to grow; as of October 2023, The Children's Lunchbox has provided over 415,000 meals to hungry children and families in Anchorage.