Wish Lists:

These wish lists include the most commonly needed and requested items in our programs. Additionally, our Amazon Wish List gets updated throughout the year, and a portion of the proceeds when you shop with your Amazon Smile account will go towards Bean’s Cafe and The Children’s Lunchbox. You can also save yourself a trip and have it shipped directly to us. You can also like us on Facebook-  we frequently post a wish list of the Cafe’s most pressing needs.

Bean's Cafe View List

  • Canned Vegetables (#10 size preferred)

  • Canned Fruit (#10 size preferred)

  • Canned tomato products (diced, sauce, crushed)

  • Oatmeal

  • Butter

  • Dry Cereal

  • Canned Tuna

  • Paper Towels

  • Toilet Paper

  • Coffee, tea and hot cocoa

  • Cooking oil

  • Spices in bulk sizes

  • Snack items (granola bars, fruit snacks, chips, etc.)

  • Socks

  • Gloves

  • Over-the-counter medications (tums, vitamins, ibuprofen, cough drops)

The Children's Lunchbox View List

  • Whole Wheat Pasta

  • Brown Rice

  • Canned Fruit

  • Oatmeal (individual servings)

  • Dried Fruit (individual packages)

  • Fruit Leather

  • Canned Vegetables

  • Canned Soup

  • Canned Chili

  • Easy Mac & Cheese (individual servings)

  • Canned Tuna or Chicken

  • Ziploc Bags

  • Granola Bars

Holiday Wish List View List

  • Turkey

  • Ham

  • Stuffing Cubes

  • Dinner Rolls

  • Butter

  • Canned Cranberry Sauce (#10 size cans preferred)

  • Corn, Green Beans, Sweet Potatoes (#10 size preferred)

  • Cream of Mushroom Soup

  • French Fried Onion Pieces

  • Salad Dressing (Assorted)

  • Whipped Cream Cans

  • Pies (Store Bought)

  • Coffee

  • flour tortilla’s
  • Fresh Fruit (Apples, Oranges, Pears)

  • Paper plates/cups

  • Napkins

  • Plastic forks, knives & spoons

  • Toilet paper

  • hot cocoa                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • store bought pies                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • marshmallows                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  • brown sugar                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • eggs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • salsa                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • grated cheese

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 store

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

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:
Bean’s Cafe: 907-297-5606 or e-mail info@beanscafe.org | The Children’s Lunchbox: 907-297-5622 or e-mail info@beanscafe.org.

All food items for Bean’s Cafe can be dropped off at Bean’s Cafe, 1101 E 3rd Ave.

Food donations for The Children’s Lunchbox can be brought to 1020 E. 4th Ave., Monday through Friday between 9am and 4 pm.


We are primarily supported through the generous donations of individuals in our community, and so fundraisers are an important part of keeping our doors open. If you would like to throw your own fundraiser, private or public, please take a moment to read through our fundraising guidelines and fill out the attached form, and then email it to our Marketing & Outreach Officer, Melissa Webber, mwebber@beanscafe.org.

BEAN-a-fits and Catering Options:

What’s a Bean-a-fit? A super fun, uber-delicious, and easy fundraising opportunity for groups large and small! A Bean-a-fit is a lunch provided by Bean’s Cafe of two bean soups and the best cornbread in town. Bean-a-fits are great for office get-togethers, church meetings, and friendly gatherings. Just choose an option that works for you and we’ll make it happen! Click here for our Bean-a-fit form. Please complete and email to our Marketing & Outreach Officer, Melissa Webber, mwebber@beanscafe.org

Option “A”

Full Service Bean-a-fit

Select your soups, then pick a date, and we will prepare, deliver, and serve the soups and cornbread. We can also bring mugs and soup mixes to sell at your request

Option “B”

Half & Half Bean-a-fit

Select your soups, then pick a date, and we will prepare the soups and cornbread, and you pick it up, serve it, and then return the equipment to Bean’s Cafe afterwards. This must be prepaid, and a deposit is required on any equipment rented for the Bean-a-fit (e.g. chafing dishes, pans, etc.)

Option “C”

DIY Bean-a-fit

Select your soups and pick a date, then give us a shout. We’ll set you up with as many soup mixes you need, and you can host your own Bean-a-fit. Soup mixes must be prepaid, and proceeds can be mailed or delivered post-event.

Community Partner Programs:

Shopping for Good

Fred Meyers 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 support us! Link your Rewards Card today by clicking the link

Click here to sign up!

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 www.bagoys.com, at checkout simply select Bean’s Cafe/The Children’s Lunchbox and Bagoy’s will donate $5.00 of your purchase to our organization


Click here to sign up!

Amazon Smile

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

Click here to sign up!