New Year’s Day Coffee Sales Feed Hungry Kids in Alaska

December 30, 2015

Anchorage, Alaska – A cup of Kaladi Brothers Coffee will go a long way on New Year’s Day. All hot beverage sales on New Year’s Day at Anchorage and Wasilla Kaladi locations will be donated to The Children’s Lunchbox, whose mission is to provide nutritious meals for kids in Anchorage.

This 25-year tradition will start 2016 with an even bigger bang! GCI, a leader in Alaska telecommunications, will join First National Bank Alaska and the Saltchuk family of companies (TOTE Maritime, Northern Air Cargo, Carlile, etc.) to each match 100 percent of funds raised by Kaladi. The Rasmuson Foundation is also matching all funds raised for The Children’s Lunchbox through a capital grant. Kaladi baristas volunteer their time on New Year’s Day and work only for tips. For each dollar raised by KBC, The Children’s Lunchbox will receive $8 with the combined partnership and support.

“New Year’s Day giving is a team effort and our staff has been very generous over the years,” said Dale Tran, chief marketing officer of Kaladi Brothers. “This year, we are kicking off the new year with new partners. We are excited about the support from GCI, First National, Saltchuk’s family of companies, and Rasmuson Foundation. We hope the community will also support our efforts by joining us on New Year’s Day. Our goal this year is to raise $100,000 for The Children’s Lunchbox.”

“The Kaladi New Year’s Day Giving program has become an Alaska tradition and GCI is happy to contribute this year to help support The Children’s Lunchbox,” said GCI Executive Vice President and COO Greg Chapados. “In addition to our corporate contribution you can bet that I, like many GCI employees, will kick start my new year with an Americano from Kaladi to help raise even more funds. I hope every Alaskan joins us.” 

“We all know how important it is for children to have a healthy meal,” said First National Chair and President Betsy Lawer. “It helps ready them for success in school where they can learn the skills needed to lead our state to continued economic success. First National is proud to join other Alaska businesses to help prepare Alaska’s future leaders.”

Kaladi employees chose The Children’s Lunchbox because they want to help kids who are challenged with childhood hunger. They recognize that there are more than 21,000 kids in the community who are impacted.

“For more than 60 years Rasmuson has been committed to making sure we are a catalyst for making a better life for Alaskans. The Children’s Lunchbox is making great strides every day to make sure children in our communities have a meal they can count on. We hope everyone will come out on New Year’s Day and contribute with us to make sure we can serve as many young people as possible,” said Diane Kaplan, president and CEO of the Rasmuson Foundation.

The Children’s Lunchbox will use each dollar raised to match a Rasmuson Foundation grant to build a new prep kitchen.

About Kaladi Brothers Coffee

Kaladi Brothers has been Alaska’s roaster since 1986. The company owns and operates 15 cafes in Alaska and one in Seattle. The company supports a wide variety of community activities, especially those focused on improving the lives of children and teenagers. The New Year’s Day giving tradition has helped numerous organizations including The Children’s Lunchbox at Bean’s Café, AWAIC, Kid’s Kitchen, the Food Bank Alaska, Stitches of Love, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Ma’o Tosi’s AK PRIDE, and Beyond Borders.

About GCI

GCI is Alaska’s largest integrated telecommunications provider and offers wireless, voice, data and video services statewide.  Since 1979 GCI has invested more than $3 billion to bring the latest telecommunication technologies to communities across Alaska. GCI is committed to providing innovation to grow Alaska’s economy, support industry and jobs, provide quality education and healthcare, and maintain the quality of life that all Alaskans enjoy. To learn more about GCI visit

About First National Bank Alaska

Alaskan-owned and operated since 1922, First National proudly meets the financial needs of Alaskans with ATMs and branches in 18 communities throughout the state. Visit for more information about Alaska’s largest locally-owned bank and access to efficient and secure online banking services. 

About The Children’s Lunchbox

The Children’s Lunchbox, a program of Bean’s Cafe, has been serving meals to hungry children in Anchorage since 1998. The program is the largest non-profit child nutrition program in Alaska and provides over 300,000 meals each year to hungry children in Anchorage. For more information, visit

David Morris