Bean's Cafe Program Wins Children's Organization of the Year
From left to right: Dr. Butto, Ginger Okumoto (TCL Program Manager), Lisa Sauder (Executive Director, Bean's Cafe), Dr. Lou, and TCL Chef Steve.
Bean's Cafe & The Children's Lunchbox
The Children’s Lunchbox, a program of Bean’s Cafe, received the 2017 Children's Organization of the Year award from the Alaska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ACAAP). On hand to present the award were Lily Lou, MD, FAAP and Jody Butto, MD, FAA.
Dr. Lou is Executive Medical Director at The Children’s Hospital at Providence & Women’s Services and President of the Alaska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Butto is Past President and current Secretary/Treasurer and works at Anchorage Pediatric Group at Providence.
The winner of this annual award is selected and voted on by all members of ACAAP. The Children’s Lunchbox was chosen for its ongoing and far reaching efforts to feed hungry and food insecure children throughout Anchorage.
"We are so grateful for this distinction", said Lisa Sauder, executive director. "There are currently over 21,000 school-aged children facing food insecurity in our community and we are doing our best to help as many of them as we can. Our mission is to feed hungry children in safe community environments, and to be recognized for our daily efforts is really special.”
The Doctors brought lunch to the Administration office and presented staff with a plaque and the checklist of reasons for which the organization received the award.
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.