Services provided by Bean's Cafe and how you can help:

Vision and Mission

Our mission is to feed the hungry and the homeless without discrimination. We embody the values of compassion, dignity and respect for all who enter our day shelter doors.

“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

Aside from serving meals twice a day and providing shelter during the day to those in need, we also provide a variety of support services:

Programs and Services

Adult Meals

We provide a warm breakfast and lunch to anyone in need 365 days a year. Not all of our clients are homeless – many individuals struggle to make ends meet, and Bean’s Cafe offers a place where they can receive a free meal without judgement. 

Child Nutrition Program

The Children’s Lunchbox is our child nutrition program. We provide meals to local community programs serving children before and after school. These meals are prepared and delivered to partner sites. During the school year we package and deliver thousands of bags filled with three meals each to eight Title I schools in Anchorage, There are enough bags for every student, to ensure that no child goes home hungry on Friday, when many after-school programs aren’t open and offering meals. Finally, we provide meals even when school is out for summer. Our Summer Food Site Program partners with many of the same community programs we partner with during the school year, as well as a few more. These meals are FREE to those 18 years of age and younger.

Client Services

Client Services offers a variety of services to assist clients – no matter their needs – and all free of charge.

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. We do not turn away anyone in need of food – we simply ask that guests follow basic campus rules: Respectful Behavior, No Drugs/Alcohol, and No Weapons. The day shelter provides a safe alternative to being on the street and offers individuals services such as:

  • Basic Necessities: grab a pair of socks, a bar of soap, or even cough drops in our office inside the Cafe.
  • Mail Service: Clients can receive mail at the cafe Monday through Saturday. All mail should be addressed to the client at 1101 E. 3rd Ave. Anchorage, Alaska 99501.
  • Referrals: Mental Health, Medical, Financial, Substance Abuse, Jobs, Housing, and anything else a client might need.
  • Housing Specialists: We work with specialists from a partner agency who work with clients to find appropriate permanent accommodations.

USDA Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Thousands of Anchorage children are considered at-risk of not having enough food. Last year, The Children’s Lunchbox served 200,000 meals to more than 3,000 kids.

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!

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

“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