About Bread Line, Inc.
Bread Line, Inc.
Bread Line is a
A 501 (C) 3 Non-Profit Organization
Serving the Fairbanks Community Since 1984
For more than 30 years, Bread Line has helped to feed the hungry and affirm lives in the Fairbanks community.
We are a non-profit organization and we depend on grants, donations, and volunteers for our survival and operation.
From our humble beginnings in 1984, Bread Line has grown into four programs:
Our mission is to feed people and affirm the lives
of Fairbanks, Alaska’s most vulnerable neighbors.
Collaboration – Human Affirmation – Inclusiveness
Sustainability – Nourishment – Respect
Fairbanks Has Its Own Stone Soup Legend
Our own Stone Soup story began over 30 years ago, when local residents James and Sharon Hunter encountered downtown neighbors who didn’t have enough to eat. They started making sandwiches and distributing them from their backpacks to folks on the street. They soon realized there wasn’t enough room in their backpacks to feed everyone in need. So James and Sharon went to Dick Farris and shared their concern. They approached a local church about the possibility of serving a hot, midday meal in the basement—The Bread Line community meal program was born. Today, Bread Line Stone Soup operate their programs—Stone Soup Cafe, the Kids Cafe, Stone’s Throw job training and the Stone Soup Garden project— from their own building on Gaffney Road. From this location at the center of the City of Fairbanks, we reach out to neighbors around our community.
The Legend of Stone Soup
A hungry traveler wanders into a village in search of food. The villagers, however, are destitute, and tell him to move on. Instead, the traveler offers to make stone soup. Extracting a magic stone from his pocket, he drops it into a pot of water. He asks someone to add cabbage, and one farmer does. Another offers a few carrots. One by one, the villagers contribute what they can, until the community has gathered around a pot of hearty, nourishing soup. With the village enjoying their efforts, the traveler takes his leave, reminding the townsfolk that it was their cooperation that made the soup, not a magic stone.
Hannah has fifteen years of experience in nonprofit work. As a community organizer, being a part of such an amazing agency – whose dedicated staff and volunteers pour their heart and humanity into Fairbanks – is an incredible opportunity.
Stone Soup Cafe Chef
Matt has been cooking at the Stone Soup Cafe since 2014! As known for his “home cooked” meals as he is his warm smile and big heart, Matt makes sure that over 100 people eat a hot meal in a safe space. When he’s not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, Matt can be found wrenching on rigs, skiing, hiking or rollerblading (depending on the weather) with his son.
Dan Reeves has been with the Bread Line for nine years! A steadfast volunteer, Dan makes sure that the Bread Line building is well cared for. Dan also manages the Stone Soup Cafe during the morning meals, making sure that more than 100 people each day get a hot meal in a safe space.
Program Manager, Stone's Throw
Born and raised in the Philippines, Marisa and her family moved to Chicago in 1998, where she earned a BAS in Culinary Management. Over the next decade, she worked in professional kitchens from fast food to fine dining. Marisa came to the village of Tok in 2013 for a summer job but soon fell in love with Alaska and decided to make Fairbanks her new home, where she currently lives with her significant other (who is also a chef), their dog Sadie and cat Izzy. The Bread Line is Marisa’s first venture into the non-profit world and she is honored and excited to be part of an organization that makes positive changes in the Fairbanks community.
Production Chef, Stone's Throw
Liann has 15 years experience in the food service industry and has been an avid home cook all her life. After graduating Stone’s Throw in December 2015, she went on to work with the Chartwell Team at UAF. She also has been involved in several high profile local food event such as Arctic Science Summit Week 2016, Arctic Interchange 2017, and Sotomayor 2016. She now leads the Fairbanks Summer Food Program through Stone Soup and is the Production Chef for the Stone’s Throw Program.
Heather Warren is a long time resident of Fairbanks with six years of non-profit work experience. Heather graduated with a MFA in creative writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is currently a clinical MSW candidate with the University of New England online. In their spare time, they enjoy writing and playing music.
Sean Enfield is a writer and educator from Dallas, Texas. He received his Bachelor’s in Literature at the University of North Texas and is now pursuing his M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Prior to tending to the Stone Soup Community Garden, Sean has taught high school poetry, middle school English and worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Plano Children’s Theatre.
2018 Board Members
Donald Crocker moved to Fairbanks in 2004 to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He meant to stay in Fairbanks for only one year but felt so welcomed and accepted by the community he just never left. As an academic advisor at UAF, Donald primarily works with first generation college students, students with limited income and students with documented disabilities. The belief that all people have the right to access nutritious food is what drew Donald to volunteering at the Bread Line. He looks forward to continuing to lend his support to the incredible programs offered by Bread Line that work everyday to enrich the lives of those in the Fairbanks community.
Karen currently serves as Vice President for Bread Line, Inc.
Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Becca relocated to Alaska in 2014 to hike, fish and experience life the way her husband TJ did before he moved to Tennessee in 2004. She has 10 years of experience working for, volunteering with or serving on the boards of various nonprofit organizations.
Becca is the Community Liaison for Interior AIDS Association. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Technical Communications and a Professional Grant Writing Certificate from the University of Tennessee. When she’s not working, Becca enjoys live music, swing dancing, practicing yoga, reading and being outside.
Patrick Dolan believes that people should have access to nutritious food and that brought him join Bread Line’s Board of Directors in early 2016, where he is currently serving as Board Treasurer. He has a Masters in Business Administration and over 19 years of professional accounting, budget, and finance experience which he uses to help analyze Bread Line’s finances and keep us financially healthy. Patrick is active in our community and volunteers as an FYSA Youth Soccer coach (since 2007) and as a Big Brother (since 2009). He enjoys spending time with his family and his hobbies include travel, gaming, gardening, home improvement, hiking, and fishing.
Sarah Stanley comes from two generations of bakers. Her grandmother and her mom were both always up at dawn, baking homemade rolls, bread pudding, five days a week for many years. Stone’s Soup’s kitchen is her favorite place because this kitchen is where food becomes community.
Bonnie Blaydes is a graduate of Stone’s Throw and new board member at the Bread Line. When she’s not volunteering at the Stone Soup Cafe, you can find her speaking about drug abuse prevention and awareness at area schools, churches and detox centers. Bonnie loves taking photos of our beautiful town and working with “Servolution Sunday” through her community church.
Susan Rainey is a member of the Bread Line, Inc. board of directors.
Clay Triplehorn is a long time resident of Fairbanks. He attended West Valley High School and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He returned to Fairbanks with his Family in 2001 following his medical training and working for the US Public Health Service. He is currently working at Tanana Valley Clinic/ Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in the Departments of Sleep Medicine and Family Medicine.
“I joined the board because of the Bread Line mission and the amazing programs that benefit our community. I enjoy the sense of community Stone Soup Cafe creates by bringing people together for a meal and encouragement. It’s a great place to volunteer and meet new people.” Jason is a longtime Fairbanksan. He enjoys helping others, meeting new people, playing soccer, fishing, traveling, laughing and exploring the back country of Alaska with his family.