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 lives.
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 traveler arrives in a poor village in search of food. The townsfolk explain that they can each barely feed themselves, let alone a hungry stranger, and ask him to move on. Instead, the traveler offers to make the town some stone soup. Pulling a stone from his pocket, he drops it into a pot of water over a fire. The traveler then asks if anyone can add a little bit of cabbage, and a farmer does. He asks if anyone can spare just a few carrots, and a villager does. One by one, the villagers contribute as they can, until the whole community is gathered around a boiling pot of delicious soup to be shared among everyone. The moral of the story is that, with cooperation, everyone can have enough and together we create something much bigger than what we have alone. This doesn’t happen with a magic stone – it happens with your community caring.
Hannah has been with the Bread Line since 2016 and its Executive Director since 2018. Previously employed as everything from a butcher, a baker to a candlestick maker, being a part of the Bread Line – whose dedicated team pours their hearts and humanity into every day – is their favorite job by far.
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, Every day, Chef Matt makes sure that well 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 his rigs, skiing, hiking or rollerblading (depending on the weather) with his son, Carter.
Stone Soup Cafe Manager
Andy manages the Bread Line’s weekday soup kitchen, the Stone Soup Cafe. With over 20 years in the service industry, he welcomes guests and maintains the cafe. He has volunteered with many other programs and organizations in Fairbanks. In his free time Andy enjoys science fiction, movies, reading, music and hockey
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 events such as Arctic Science Summit Week and the visit from Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor in 2016 as well as Arctic Interchange in 2017. She now manages the Bread Line’s contract meal services and is Production Chef for the Stone’s Throw culinary job training program.
Administrative Coordinator / Life Skills Instructor
Heather Warren is a long time resident of Fairbanks with seven years of non-profit work experience. Heather graduated with a MFA in creative writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is currently working on a Master’s of Social Work degree with the University of New England online. In their spare time, they enjoy writing and playing music.
Stone Soup Community Garden Coordinator
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 MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Prior to tending the Stone Soup Garden, Sean has taught high school poetry, middle school English and worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Plano Children’s Theatre.
Stone Soup Community Garden VISTA
Smitty hails from the lovely state of Wisconsin. As the VISTA summer associate from AmeriCorps, he is directing his talents toward the Stone Soup Community Garden this growing season. Before gratefully ending up in Interior Alaska to serve at the Bread Line, he spent the last half-decade sojourning and helping around the globe, such as in the Marshall Islands with WorldTeach and Zambia with the Peace Corps. He feels very blessed to be able to dedicate his passion and energy toward the caring community of Fairbanks.
Bread Line 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, where he currently serves as Board Chair. 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.
Board Vice Chair
Jason Case currently serves as the Bread Line Board’s Vice Chair. “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.
Karen currently serves as the Secretary for Bread Line’s Board of Directors. A longtime Fairbanksans, Karen is well-known in the community for her dedication to making our town a more vibrant and active place. Karen is an active member with the Fairbanks Host Lions and is Operations Manager for the Tanana Valley State Fair.
Jennifer Redmond, born and raised in Fairbanks, serves as the Treasurer for the Bread Line’s Board of Directors and is dedicated to the mission of “feeding people and affirming lives.” She is a Grants Administrator with Chugachmiut, which is an Alaska Native non-profit that serves the Chugach region. In her free time, she volunteers with the Cook Inlet Soccer Club and enjoys spending time with family and bernedoodle Banksy. It is an enriching experience to serve on the board with compassionate people doing incredible work in her hometown. The work of the Bread Line touces lives meaningfully every day, leaving a lasting impact on the Fairbanks community.
Carla Baker is originally from Anchorage and came to Fairbanks for a new experience. In Fairbanks, she moved into the Fairbanks Recovery Residence for women, to continue her life of recovery. While residing there, she volunteered everyday at Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living – where she is now employed as a full-time building Custodian.
Carla is also a 2020 graduate of the Bread Line’s Stone’s Throw culinary job training program. Some things Carla is passionate about are helping other women in recovery, giving back to her community wherever she can and working hard to achieve her many goals and dreams. When she’s not working she is playing with her newly adopted cat Maui, a 12 year old Tabby. She also enjoys hockey games, fishing, bike rides and making new friendships.
Kristina Miller is the Bread Line Board Treasurer.
Brianna is originally from King Cove, Alaska. Her grandparents are the late Lydia and Ernest William Mack of King Cove; her parents are Dorene Bunch Mack-Bunch and Chris Bunch of North Pole, and Lavelle and Silvia Webb of Seattle. She has two children; Aaliyah and LaCross III. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Rural Development from UAF, a graduate degree in Leadership and Human Resources, and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology (Social and Diversity Change). Brianna joined the board because of her values and belief that everyone has the right to access healthy food in an inclusive environment. She enjoys spending her time outdoors gardening, hiking, fishing, and berry picking. She also enjoys a good book and dancing with her children.
Kunaan Julie Smyth
Kunaan was born & raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. As a child, Kunaan’s family utilized the services of the Bread Line & – as an adult – Kunaan found herself food insecure. As she began to heal from these experiences & learn about the social issues of generational poverty, Kunaan began volunteering. After volunteering with the Bread Line for a number of years, they joined the board to further help the community & learn from an organization with a long history of service in Fairbanks. Kunaan currently works as the Communications Director for Sovereign Iñupiat for a Living Arctic (SILA).
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.