Sometimes life throws you a curve ball

February 23, 2017
Photo courtesy of Dawn Pierce

By Dawn Pierce

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. I was laid off from my job in 2010 and getting a new one wasn't as easy as I had hoped.

Thank God the safety net was there for me.

It took everyone — my church, community, and government — to help me get through it. My church supported me spiritually. The generosity of my community meant that I had a food bank to go to for emergencies — and as a single mother, there were a few. SNAP, more commonly known as food stamps, helped keep us fed so I could look for work.

I am grateful. Sometimes a person needs a little help getting through a rough patch.

As Congress decides on funding priorities for the 2018 budget, tell them to invest in the life-giving programs that helped my family and I get back to normal.

Families, churches and community groups, and businesses all need to do their parts to end hunger. It's crucial that our government also does its part.

I'm working again and life is good. Now I want to give back. I'm telling my story but I'm also speaking up for the next person who is dealing with a curve ball and praying for an answer.

Will you do your part to end hunger?

Dawn Pierce is a hunger activist and Bread for the World board of directors member.

I am grateful. Sometimes a person needs a little help getting through a rough patch.

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    Feed the Future, launched in 2010, grew out of the U.S. response, led by President George W. Bush, to the 2007-2008 global food price crisis. Prices of basic foods doubled or tripled in some countries and pushed an additional 150 million people into hunger and malnutrition.

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    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

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    While hunger declined from 2017 for the general U.S. population, African Americans experienced a one percent increase, an increase of 153,000 African American households.

For Faith

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

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  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

  • Sermon by David Beckmann at Duke University Chapel

    Remarks delivered October 1, 2017 at Duke University Chapel in Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

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For Advocacy

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    A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.

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    Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.

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  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017

    Unnecessarily long prison sentences, combined with the lack of rehabilitative programs for people in prison, exacerbate hunger, poverty, and existing inequalities.

    Overly harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences have contributed to the rapid increase of our country’s prison population. The...

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