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Water, food & clothing: Stone Soup Café is in need of essentials

Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 5:04 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - As the morning air gets frigid and the days get shorter, Stone Soup Café says they need snacks, water, and warm weather clothing.

Stone Soup Café offers free hot breakfasts and sack lunches to anyone who comes to their door. The non-profit has been serving Alaska’s hungry since 1984.

In 2020 the café saw a 42% increase in meals served, while their food donations dropped 25%.

Stone Soup Café Manager Abby Waldorf said they always appreciate food donations and currently need snacks for sack lunches.

“Fresh fruit is always great to have, dried fruit, chips, granola bars, any type of snack,” Waldorf said.

Beyond food items, Stone Soup needs bottled water and warm weather clothing. Waldorf said they get asked a lot for hats, mittens, gloves, and coats.

Waldorf added they also need volunteers. “We have a need for weekday volunteers every day,” Waldorf said. “The volunteer shift is from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.”

Currently, the café is doing curbside service-only for their clients and does not offer indoor dining yet, but that could change as the weather gets colder. Waldorf said they take COVID-19 precautions very seriously, and everyone is required to mask.

Donations can be dropped off between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Stone Soup Café, located at 507 Gaffney Road in Fairbanks. If you want to volunteer, you can contact Stone Soup Café at (907) 452-1974.

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