Stepping Up to Help Families:
As many folks ‘hunker down’ with their families, many other parents worry about how to feed their children. With school not in session and a record increase in unemployment, the need to feed hungry kids continues to grow. We know more of our families who are already on the edge or barely making it will struggle more.
The Children’s Lunchbox is stepping up to make sure no child goes hungry in Anchorage. We have three distribution sites for prepared meals for kids (dinners and a snack) as well as pantry pack boxes. The pantry pack boxes provide a shelf stable meal for a family of four.
Your $10 can feed a family of four for an entire meal. The need is to make 50,000 pantry packs during this hunker down period.
Feeding Hungry Families:
Due to ASD school closures, the Children’s Lunchbox will have three sites operating Monday, Wednesday and Fridays where children and families can access food through a drive through model in the parking lot. Locations and times are as follows:
Woodland Park Boys and Girls Club in Spenard 3:00 pm- 3:45 pm
Fairview Rec. Center 4:00 pm- 4:45 pm
Mountain View Boys and Girls Club 3:00 pm- 3:45 pm
Each child in the car we will receive two supper meals and two snack meals.
Each family will also receive two pantry boxes which provide a shelf stable meal for a family of four.
The pantry boxes contain a breakfast, lunch, or dinner, with enough to feed a family of four (4). Individuals can arrive in person, or drive through and grab and-go their pantry boxes. Each family will receive two (2) boxes while supplies last. One for the day of distribution and one for the following day.
The Children’s Lunchbox History
In 2000, the Food Bank of Alaska recognized the problem of the quickly growing number of hungry children in Anchorage and gathered community leaders and organizations to address the problem. At that time there were around 10,000 hungry kids, since then that number has more than doubled to over 22,000.
During the first community discussions Bean’s Cafe was identified as a valuable resource with a wealth of knowledge on reaching the hungry. In 2004, Bean’s Cafe’s board of directors formed a new nonprofit, Kid’s Cafe, and began providing snacks and meals to local community programs. In 2006, Kid’s Cafe officially merged with Bean’s Cafe and was reborn as the program now known as The Children’s Lunchbox.
In 2009, The Children’s Lunchbox introduced a weekend food program at Mt. View Elementary – and since then has grown to include eight Title I elementary schools in Anchorage. New sites are added regularly as we work to feed every hungry child in our community.