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Stone Soup Cafe serves holiday meals to those in need

Published: Nov. 27, 2020 at 4:23 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - For the Thanksgiving holiday, Stone Soup Café, a soup kitchen near downtown Fairbanks, served hot meals to those in need.

According to Bread Line, Inc. Executive Director Hannah Hill, 130 hot meals and 100 sack lunches were served during the holiday.

“This is sort of what we consider our ‘new normal’ as it were. In times not pandemic, usually our numbers drop down right at the beginning of fall time, so summer tends to be super busy regardless. Then right at the beginning of fall our numbers drop, so our usual for the winter time is about 60 people a day,” Hill said.

The Thanksgiving menu included brown sugar cinnamon oatmeal, fish chowder and a breakfast scramble with bacon and sausage.

“The holidays are hard for a lot of folks,” Hill said, adding, “We’re working with people every day that are excluded from the community in a number of ways. So it’s hard, and what we do here is we serve more than food. We serve love. We have big feelings of radical love here, which is that we’re here together. This is Fairbanks. This is the Fairbanks community, and we feel strongly that everybody that comes here deserves the same goodness that everybody else does.”

Hill explained that the Café continues to follow distancing guidelines when serving food. Those interested also can receive hats, gloves and socks.

Stone Soup Café serves meals to all who need them from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Those looking to help, either financially, through food and material donations, or by volunteering can call Bread Line, Inc. at (907) 452-1974.

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