Bean’s Cafe donation center moves behind Van’s Dive Bar near downtown Anchorage

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Through Emilie Mesner

Updated: December 24, 2021 Posted: December 24, 2021

The Bean’s Cafe donation center moved from its location on East Third Avenue to 1020 E. Fourth Ave. in downtown Anchorage.

The donation center, housed in a gray building with brown trim, has been operating from its new location for about a month, said Cassie Cowan, Bean’s Cafe human resources manager. Access to the donation depot is via West Fifth Avenue between Lucky Wishbone and Van’s Dive Bar.

Cans of canned corn, green beans and other non-perishable items donated this week were piled on the floor of the new donation center Thursday afternoon.

They have currently stopped taking perishable donations due to spacing limitations as they continue to transition between locations.

The donation center is always in need of breakfast items such as individual packages of oatmeal, shelf-stable milk, peanut butter and hash browns, Cowan said. In addition to food, the donation center is also looking for clothing items such as socks, gloves and hats.

Donations are closed December 24 and 31, but can be made between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday next week.

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