Provides Shelter Services, Culinary & Bakery Job Skills Training, Daily Meals, Laundry, and Clothing Handouts.
Home of Feed Me Hope Bakery and Culinary School
Serving neighbors in need for over 30 years
On average 200 volunteers serve per month
250 cups of soup and bagged lunches served per day M-F
65,000 meals prepared annually
Majority of funding from individual donations
INSPIRED BY THE LOVE OF JESUS, WE OFFER THOSE IN NEED SUPPORT, SHELTER, SUSTENANCE, AND SKILLS TO TRANSFORM THEIR LIVES
The Downtown Soup Kitchen began over 30 years ago in a garage, fueled by a vision to share the love of God with Alaskans in need. Operating out of a little red house on 4th Avenue, we provided nearly 300 cups of soup each day to homeless and low-income individuals and families. In a little yellow A-frame next door to the soup kitchen, we offered hot showers, laundry services, and clothing donated by the community. We expanded our facility and services in 2012 when we moved into our new building on 3rd Avenue.
"Give a man a fish
and he eats for a day;
teach a man to fish and
you feed him for a lifetime"
Funded primarily by individual donors and churches, we were able to customize our facility to fit the needs of those we serve. In addition to our regular services, we expanded our programs to create opportunities for our guests to gain experience and marketable job skills. Feed Me Hope Bakery opened its doors in March 2016 to women staying in our emergency cold weather shelter. In Fall 2016, we launched Feed Me Hope Culinary School - a vocational training program for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals. Already, we have seen remarkable transformations take place as hope has been restored to our Bakery and Culinary students. Our future plans include barista training, a bakery store front, and additional housing for our students. We look forward to what God has in store as we envision a thriving Anchorage community, free of hopelessness.