Feeding Hungry Families:

It began when schools closed as a result of COVID-19, but even now The Children’s Lunchbox is distributing or partnering with other agencies to distribute pantry boxes to food insecure children and families.

Each child in the family is receiving two supper meals and two snack meals (children do not need to be present) . Each family is also receiving two pantry boxes which provide a shelf-stable meal for a family of four. The pantry boxes contain a breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Individuals can arrive in person, or drive through and grab and-go their pantry boxes. Each family receives two (2) boxes while supplies last. One for the day of distribution and one for the following day.

Locations and times are as follows:

  • Lighthouse Fellowship, Mon, Wed, Fri, 3–3:45 p.m
  • Loussac Place, Mon, Wed, Fri, 3–3:45 pm
  • Spenard Rec Center, Mon, Wed, Fri, 3–3:45 pm
  • Fairview Rec Center, Mon, Wed, Fri, 4–4:45 pm- Back of building
  • *Mt. View Boys and Girls Club, Mon-Fri, 4:30-5:30 pm

*Pantry packs only- no prepared meals

Food donations and assembled boxes for our program can be dropped off at Bean’s Cafe 1101 E. 3rd Avenue Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm

Want to help assemble pantry packs in person? We have shifts available at Tikahtnu Commons Sam’s Club warehouse and need your help!

To sign up, please register on the Volunteer Matrix.   https://beanscafe.volunteermatrix.com/?reg

If you have already registered on the Matrix previously, please follow this link to sign up for your shift: https://beanscafe.volunteermatrix.com/thechildrenslunchbox

Technical issues? Specific questions? Please email ccowan@beanscafe.org

Our Tax ID number is 92-0072522

In other news-  A huge thank you to our Anchorage community and local Safeway stores. Because of the Safeway Albertsons Nourishing Neighbors community relief campaign and fund, they help us make sure every child possible gets a healthy breakfast every single day!

This national campaign happens on a local level each fall and enables customers to donate money to help provide healthy breakfasts for children in Anchorage. This also takes place in in Washington State, Northern Idaho and Alaska.

This year The Children’s Lunchbox received $39,000 to specifically provide breakfast meals and items to the children and families. For more information about Safeway and Albertsons Cos.’ commitment to hunger relief, please visit: http://national.albertsonscompaniesfoundation.org/program/local-campaign/

Safeway Albertsons and Carrs Safeway is a part of Albertsons Companies, which is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2019 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the company gave $225 million in food and financial support. In 2020, the company made a $53 million commitment to community hunger relief efforts and a $5 million commitment to organizations supporting social justice. These efforts have helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, social justice, and programs for people with disabilities and veterans’ outreach.

Stepping Up to Help Families:

We will begin phase two of this fundrasing campaign soon. Because of the generosity of our community we were able to reach our initial goal of $500K in May 2020.

As many folks were (and are) ‘hunkered down’ with their families, many parents are consumed with worry about how to feed their children. With school not completely 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 stepping up in March 2020 to make sure no child goes hungry in Anchorage. We have 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. 

Donate Today!

If you would like to donate food for the pantry boxes, the list of food is here. 

For details/instruction for assembling pantry boxes from home please see our instructions or  email info@beanscafe.org

Thank you to our generous cash sponsors who helped us feed kids and families in Phase I:

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A special thank you to our media partners: Denali Media Group (GCI and KTVA), Alpha Media, iHeart Media, OHANA Media Group, Anchorage Press and Anchorage Daily News.

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 and programs are added regularly as we work to feed every hungry child in our community. Our newest addition is the school food pantry/pantry box.

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