Feeding Hungry Families:

It began when schools closed as a result of COVID-19, but now The Children’s Lunchbox is still distributing or partnering with other agencies to distribute pantry boxes through a drive through model in the parking lot of nearly 20 locations. 

Each child in the family will receive two supper meals and two snack meals (children don’t need to be present) . 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. 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.

Locations and times are as follows (printable, detailed list below). These sites change and we do our best to keep this updated daily:  

  • 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
  • *Mt. View Boys and Girls Club, Mon-Fri, 4:30-5:30 pm
  • *Shiloh Baptist Church, Saturdays, 10 am -12 pm

*Pantry packs only

This is a printable list.  Please note, this list is for OPEN meal sites. 

Enrolled Meal Sites are at the following locations. You must contact these sites directly to sign up.:

Salvation Army: Mon-Fri 3:30-4:30 PM

Safe Harbor: Mon – Sat 6-7:00 PM

CITC Schoolyard:  Mon-Fri 2:30-3:00 PM


Food donations and assembled boxes for our program can be dropped off at our warehouse located at 1020 E. 4th Avenue, Anchorage 99501 between 1- 3 p.m. on Thursdays.

Want to help assemble pantry packs? We have a shift available on Wednesday’s, through the end of October, from 8:30 – 11:30 am, at the Tikahtnu Commons Sam’s Club warehouse. Beginning September 29 we will also have a shift on Tuesdays from noon – 3pm.

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

If you have already registered, please follow this link to sign up: https://beanscafe.volunteermatrix.com/thechildrenslunchbox

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

Our Tax ID number is 92-0072522

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 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. 

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 email info@beanscafe.org

Thank you to our generous cash sponsors to help us feed kids and families:



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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