Give Help

There are many ways for you to lend a helping hand with our programs

Wish Lists:

These wish lists (coming soon) include the most commonly needed and requested items in our programs. The 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. Every Thursday we post a wish list of the Cafe’s most pressing needs

Bean's Cafe

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  • 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

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  • Beans

  • Fruit Snacks

  • Canned Fruit

  • Oatmeal

  • Pasta

  • Crackers

  • Rice

  • Canned Vegetables

  • Canned Soup

  • Canned Chili

  • Easy Mac & Cheese

  • Canned Tuna or Chicken

  • Ziploc Bags

Holiday Wish List

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  • Turkey

  • Ham

  • Stuffing Cubes

  • Dinner Rolls

  • Butter

  • Canned Cranberry Sauce

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

  • Cream of Mushroom Soup

  • French Fried Onions

  • Salad Dressing

  • Whipped Cream Cans

  • Pies (Store Bought)

  • Coffee

  • Fresh Fruit (Apples, Oranges, Pears)

  • Paper plates/cups

  • Napkins

  • Plastic forks, knives & spoons

  • Toilet paper

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

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 | The Children’s Lunchbox: 907-297-5622 or e-mail

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,

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,

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:

Get Help

United Way 2-1-1 provides information and referral services to those in need in Anchorage. Call 2-1-1 or visit their website to get more information about available services in Alaska.

Contact Client Services at (907) 297-5601