Toast to the Coast is one of Bean's Cafe's largest fundraisers. The event features fresh seafood and a silent auction and helps raise money to feed both adults and children in Anchorage.

According to the Food Bank of Alaska, 20% of kids in the state live in homes that may not have enough food. The Children's Lunchbox, run by Bean's Cafe, estimates the number is around 22,000 in Anchorage. Proceeds from Toast to the Coast will help support the program, which provides after-school, summertime and weekend meals for children. 

"A lot of times people are really surprised to know that almost half of our elementary school age children qualify for free or reduced meals, so we think that they could be food insecure and we want to make sure they have access to healthy, nutritious food year-round," said Lisa Sauder, executive director of Bean's Cafe.

State funding for social services was volatile during the last budgetary process. Sauder says Bean's depends on fundraisers like Toast to the Coast in order to operate. Last year, it raised more than $100,000.

"We could not do what we do without the community's support, both in terms of donations and volunteers," Sauder said. 

Toast to the Coast takes place Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum. Tickets are available at the door. 

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