The Downtown Soup Kitchen began over 40 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.
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 which opened December 2015. 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. In 2022, we purchased a safe place for healing, Suite Hope. Suite Hope is an 18 unit apartment complex available to our students and graduates. We believe having this safe place will encourage training completion and perseverance. Our future plans include barista training and a bakery store front. We look forward to what God has in store as we envision a thriving Anchorage community, free of hopelessness.