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Donations Needed, Everywhere


Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom from Want.”

In a season dedicated to gratitude for what we have, please let’s not forget to share our abundance with those who have less.

In Anchorage, Bean’s Café, a local non-profit dedicated to helping the hungry and homeless, is in need of donations of food items for Thanksgiving meals.  This year the organization will offer two dinners; The Children’s Lunchbox will sponsor a Community Fall Feast on Thursday, November 21 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Clark Middle School, 150 Bragaw Street; and Bean’s Café will serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, November 28 beginning at Noon at the Café, located at 1101 E. Third Avenue.

Executive director, Lisa Sauder says, “We are so grateful to the Anchorage community for all they do to support our programs.  These holiday dinners are so appreciated by our clients.  All donations to make Thanksgiving special for those in need are appreciated.”

If you aren’t in Anchorage, please take a moment to research groups in your community who need your donations to help adults and children who are hungry. And remember that they need you all year.


The following items are needed for the events at Bean’s Café:

  • boneless turkey
  • boneless ham
  • stuffing cubes
  • dinner rolls
  • butter
  • cranberry sauce (#10 size cans if possible)
  • canned corn (#10 size cans if possible)
  • canned sweet potatoes (#10 size cans if possible)
  • canned green beans (#10 size cans if possible)
  • french fried onion pieces
  • cream of mushroom soup
  • assorted salad dressings
  • whipped cream (cans)
  • store bought cream and fruit pies
  • coffee
  • fresh fruit (bananas, oranges, apples)
  • paper items including plates, 8 oz. cups, plastic ware
  • coffee
  • toilet paper

Donations can be dropped off at Bean’s Café, 1101 E. Third Avenue Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Monetary donations can also be made online at or by calling 433-8620. For questions about food donations, please contact Michael Bailey at 297-5606.

Bean’s Café, a part of the Anchorage community since February 1979, maintains a center where the hungry and homeless are provided with hot nutritious meals, a warm and safe day shelter, as well as information and referral assistance to health and human service programs. Bean’s Café is open 365 days of the year, ensuring these services are always available to those who need it the most. For more information visit

The Children’s Lunchbox, a program of Bean’s Café, has been serving meals to hungry children in Anchorage since 1998.  The program is the largest non-profit child nutrition program in Alaska and is currently serving over 9,100 meals each week to hungry children in Anchorage. For more information visit



One Response to “Donations Needed, Everywhere”
  1. Zyxomma says:

    Thanks, Beans. I’m keeping my donations local this Thanksgivukkah, but your work in Anchorage is much appreciated.

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