7041 DeBarr Road Anchorage, AK 99504
PO Box 100940 Anchorage, AK 99510







The Children's Lunchbox

"Feeding hungry children in safe community environements."

In 2000, the Food Bank of Alaska identified 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 nearly tripled to a whopping 24,000 children. 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 non-profit, Kid’s Cafe, and began providing snacks and meals to local community programs. In 2006, Kid’s Cafe merged with Bean’s Cafe officially and was reborn as the program now known as The Children’s Lunchbox! Since its inception The Children’s Lunchbox has expanded exponentially, providing prepared meals and snacks to a number of schools and community programs year round.

In 2009 The Children’s Lunchbox introduced the “Just a Little Extra” weekend food program that provides a bag containing three shelf-stable, easy-to-prepare meals for students to take home on Fridays. The program started at Mt. View Elementary and has since grown to include seven Title I elementary schools in Anchorage.

During the school year, prepared meals are provided to Alaska Native Heritage Center, several YMCA locations, Parachutes Teen Club, CITC programs, Chester Valley Tutoring, Denali Family Services, Salvation Army, Project P, and Alaska Youth Advocates POWER program.

During the summer, prepared meals are proved to a majority of the same programs, as well as the Spenard and Fairvew Recreation Centers, Goose Lake Park, Girl Scouts, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, and Muldoon Community Assembly. Additionally, a hot dinner is prepared from scratch each weeknight all year to both the North East and Mt. View Boys & Girls Clubs.

Since its beginning as a community collaboration, The Children’s Lunchbox program has been built on a model of partnership. Our dozens of partner sites provide safe and enriching environments where a diverse group of children from around Anchorage enjoy their meals each day. Contributions from thousands of generous individuals throughout the community have made it possible for this program to thrive and to continue to serve the hungry children that deserve our support. 

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with  disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).   El Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, siglas eninglés) prohíbe la discriminación en todos sus programas y actividades a base de raza, color, origen nacional, género, religión, edad, impedimentos, credo político, orientación sexual, estado civil o familiar. (No todas las bases de prohibición aplican a todos los programas.) Personas con impedimentos que requieran medios alternativos de comunicación para obtener información acerca de los programas (Braille, tipografía agrandada, cintas de audio, etc.) deben ponerse en contacto con el Centro TARGET de USDA, llamando al (202) 720-2600 (voz y TDD). 
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.   Para presentar una queja sobre discriminación, escriba a USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, o llame al (202) 720-5964 (voz y TDD). USDA es un proveedor y empleador que ofrece oportunidad igual a todos.

Thank you for supporting The Children's Lunchbox! Your support ensures we can provide meals to the 23,000 hungry children in Anchorage all year long!


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