UAA Students Partner with Bean's Café to create Inventory Tracking System
Bean's receives support from so many wonderful donors throughout the community, but when it comes to keeping track of these donations, the current system falls a bit short. UAA students Ryan Chonka, Angel Solomon, and Alisa Bagaeva have created a database specifically for Bean's that they believe will streamline the inventory process.
Introducing the New Culinary Job Training Program!
Bean's Café has provided meals to hungry people throughout Anchorage since 1979. Now, clients will have a chance to cook for Bean's! The Culinary Job Training Program will provide skills to the unemployed and those in crisis.
The Empty Bowl Project began in 1994 with 400 bowls and has grown in attendance every year. The fundraiser combines the talents and generosity of The Anchorage Clay Arts Guild and some super soups provided by Bean's Cafe! Thousands of hand-crafted pottery bowls are created for this unique event. With a ticket you can choose a hand crafted bowl to take home, bid on exceptional clay and glass pieces in the silent auction and enjoy soup and cornbread. Come and join over 2,000 of your neighbors for this community wide event. Please visit the event page for more information or contact Rebecca Simcox, Event & Volunteer Coordinator, at 907-433-8603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Would We Do without People Like You?
We are so fortunate to receive support from the following organizations that have donated to much-needed kitchen equipment:
Hillside Rotary and other local Rotary clubs - steamer oven
Hobart Food Service Equipment - Traulson refridgeration/heating unit
The Alaska Mental Health Trust - 60 quart mixer
Thank you not only to the businesses and organizations that support us, but also to the many donors and volunteers that have also given!
Our New Interim Executive Director
Joan Fisher has worked in the non-profit health care sector for over 30 years mainly in long-term care and primary medical care. Her focus in health care has been working with and advocating for poor and vulnerable populations needing affordable and equal services. For 19 years she worked at Providence Health and Services serving as the Administrator at the Mary Conrad Center for six years and in 1998-2012 worked at the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center, Inc. (ANHC), a federally qualified health center, as the Executive Director and Strategic Initiatives Director.
Joan has offered kindness and support to the staff at Bean's Café after the difficulty of losing prior Executive Director, Jim Crockett, to an unexpected illness last November. She frequently says that her role will end when the Board of Directors appoints a new director, but the staff at Bean's Café will experience a different kind of loss when Joan says goodbye. Thank you, Joan. We look forward to trays filled with food, a class or two, and colorful events to come.
"The underlying premise of Bean's Cafe is a deep belief in the inherent dignity of every person." From the original proposal to organize Bean's Cafe - 1979