Bean’s Cafe

Ken Miller

Bean’s Cafe

1101 E 3rd Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 433-8620

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Type of Business: Non Profit

Bean’s Cafe was founded in February 1979 by Lynn Ballew and was named after her daughter “Bean”. We are a private non-profit, non-sectarian organization that has been providing services to Anchorage’s needy citizens for over 30 years. In 2006 we acquired “The Children’s Lunchbox” organization, with a mission of providing meals to needy children in the Anchorage area. Bean’s Café provides services in four major areas: food, shelter, social services and employment services. We serve over 700 meals per day, each and every day of the year, both breakfast and lunch. We provide day shelter for the use of our clients each and every day. We provide social services including mail service, medical and dental appointments, housing assistance and referrals. Our newest program is an employment service to assist clients in achieving full time employment.
The Children’s Lunchbox provides early morning meals for the children at Mountain View Elementary and.They also have a very successful weekend feeding program for children at Title 1 schools.

About Ken Miller

Ken Miller has been the Development Director at Bean’s Café for the last 3 years, after he moved back to Anchorage after a 22 year absence.

Ken originally moved to Alaska in 1975, attending Bartlett High School graduating in 1980. He then attended and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1984. After a career in sales and management he returned to Anchorage to marry his former high school sweetheart Sondra Stewman. Ken is the president of the Dartmouth Club of Alaska, the incoming president-elect of Anchorage Gateway Rotary, a member of Commonwealth North, Resource Development Council, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Alaska Food Coalition, American Marketing Association, and the Public Relations Society of America and is a board member of the Alaska Boxing Academy and the Association of Fund Raising Professionals. This past year he has been awarded the Alaska NAACP Presidents Award and the AMA Alaska Chapter inaugural Prism Award for marketing.


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