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 enrich 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 inspire
enrich the lives
of our most vulnerable neighbors
with nutritious food
served with dignity and respect.
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.
Ed Bermudez comes to Bread Line Inc. as a recent addition to Fairbanks, having spent years helping nonprofits with managing volunteers, engaging supporters, leading staff and creating programs along the East Coast and Texas. Guided by his high school service counselor’s call to “see a need, fill a need”, Ed’s passion lies with building and empowering communities for positive change, and believes that organizations like Bread Line Stone Soup are critical to making that change happen for all. Ed is excited to be part of the Fairbanks community and to work with the Bread Line family in providing for our most vulnerable neighbors.
Hannah Hill is thrilled to work at the Bread Line Inc. As local community organizer, Hannah appreciates the effort, heart & humanity that the Bread Line pours into Fairbanks. She could not be happier to be a part of this amazing agency.
Program Manager, Stone's Throw
Danielle Flaherty received her culinary degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Through her work with the UAF Cooperative Extension Service she has partnered with Alaska Farm to School and other related programs on a variety of projects aimed at getting Alaskan food into Alaskan schools. Her original recipes are being used in school kitchens throughout the state. Danielle recently joined the team at The Bread Line as Stone’s Throw Program Manager and is excited to continue working toward food security for all Alaskans.
Program Assistant, Stone's Throw
Kevin moved to Fairbanks recently from Denver, Colorado where he blurred the lines between work and play as an outdoor guide. He worked mostly with non-profits that use the outdoors to help young people develop life skills and is excited to use his non-profit experience to support the growth of the Stone’s Throw program and its students.
2016 Board Members
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.
Kelly Collins is Vice President of the Bread Line, Inc. board of directors. A life long Alaskan, born and raised in Fairbanks, Kelly completed her MBA from UAF in 2010 and is a Human Resources Professional with Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Tanana Valley Clinic, and Denali Center. “I joined Bread Line Inc. because I believe everyone deserves the right to have access to the basic necessity of food. Bread Line Inc. is not only an organization that creates a community among its guests on a daily basis, it has programs like Stone’s Throw which teaches its students culinary skills training and supports job placement which will change their lives forever. This is an organization that is worth becoming a part of, either as a board member, volunteer or guest.”
Patrick Dolan joined the Bread Line Board of Directors in early 2016 and currently serves as Treasurer. He has worked at Golden Valley Electric Association for the last 17 years in the accounting, finance, capital credits, and cash departments. He met his wife, Kellie, while attending UAF to get his BS degrees and MBA in Business. Patrick is active in our community and has volunteered as an FYSA Youth Soccer coach since 2007 and as a Big Brother since 2009. Patrick is driven to make sure that all people have access to good, healthy food. His hobbies include travel, all things Disney, investing, computers and computer gaming, gardening, home repair and improvement, hiking, and fishing.
Karen currently serves as Secretary for Bread Line, Inc.
Ginessa Sams is originally from Fort Yukon and is currently the Behavioral Health Deputy Director at Tanana Chiefs Conference. “I joined the Bread line Board because I love the community the Stone Soup Café offers. We welcome people from across the state and offer meals with dignity and respect. The Bread line is a fun place to volunteer as we have so many different projects at any given time and have such a fun, diverse board. I particularly love the fundraising events.”
Jesa Lewis grew up in Barrow, Alaska, riding dog sleds and playing on the tundra. She moved to Salcha, Alaska in time to attend Ben Eielson High School. She attended UAF, then moved to Seattle for massage therapy school at Cortiva Institute. Currently a stay at home mom and part time photographer she loves to travel with her husband and daughter and spend time with her enormous extended family.
Karen Wilkens is a member of the Bread Line, Inc. board of directors.
Susan Rainey is a member of the Bread Line, Inc. board of directors.