Volunteers from JBER feed the needy at Bean's Cafe

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The military is known efficiency in high-stress situations, but on Saturday those skills were taken to the lunch rush for the needy as part of operation “Feed Anchorage.”

A volunteer from JBER hands a person in need a lunch tray at Bean's Cafe.

“Everything we do in the army, we just brought it over here, to the civilian world, to help out.” says Rober Beasley, the operation organizer.

Members, family, and friends of the 17th combat sustainment support battalion came out to Bean’s Cafe to feed those in need, and they didn’t just donate time.

“We supplied the food,” Beasley says. “We also had Bean’s Cafe, we had [the head chef] give us some food in case we ran out, so it was kind of like a… joint team work.”

Beasley was inspired to start the operation after previously helping the needy in Anchorage by himself.

“This is my second time doing something like this, and I decided to go bigger,” Beasley says. “Less fortunate people worry about what they’re gonna eat… so I made it my mission to come out, bring the battalion, bring the companies out, and give back to the community.”

Bean’s Cafe is run almost entirely through donations, and the cafe’s program director Scott Lingle says it wouldn’t be possible to run the cafe without support from groups like this.

"Groups come in all the time,” Lingle says. “We rely on groups. We rely on volunteers. Without volunteers I can't do what I have to do, so we encourage it, we promote it, and we welcome it greatly."

Anyone interested in volunteering at Bean’s Cafe can visit their website at Beanscafe.org or call them at 907-433-8600.

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