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.
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
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.
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.
Chef Instructor, Stone's Throw
Although Jessica has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, she has always had a passion for food. Jessica finally pursued her lifelong passion and received her culinary degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2018. Her life as a military spouse has given her a varied and wide range of experience, including 10 years of restaurant management and 4 years of non-profit work with Wounded Warriors and their caregivers. Jessica now splits her time as Chef Instructor for the Stone’s Throw program, Executive Chef for Jackie of All Trades Catering and Adjunct Professor at UAF CTC.
Heather Warren is a long time resident of Fairbanks with five 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.
Project Development VISTA
Sydney is from a small orange-growing, bike-riding, Disney-loving, Orlando “small town” suburb known as Winter Garden, FL. She attended the Florida State University and studied international affairs with a concentration in economics to help the world see less of poverty and human rights violations. After graduating from Florida State, she worked in the Denali region and immediately fell in love with Alaska. When a VISTA position opened in Fairbanks with Breadline, Inc, she found her perfect fit. She is currently looking into infrastructure opportunities to help the fight against hunger in the interior.
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 Secretary 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.
Kelly is a lifelong Alaskan, 2010 MBA graduate from Univeristy of Alaska Fairbanks, and HR Professional with Foundation Health Partners.“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.”
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.”
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.
Karen Wilken is a member of the Bread Line, Inc. board of directors.
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.