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.

from our Resource Library

For Education

  • The Nourishing Effect

    Hunger and food insecurity add at least $160 billion a year to U.S. healthcare costs.

  • Mass Incarceration: A Major Cause of Hunger

    Mass incarceration has far-reaching effects in the United States. It poses a significant barrier to ending U.S. hunger and poverty by 2030—a goal the United States adopted in 2015. But the connection is not always obvious.

  • Advancing Nutrition through Food Aid Reform

    The United States has long been a global leader in responding to humanitarian emergencies. Food assistance that includes nutritious food for pregnant women and young children is both a life-and-death matter for individuals and an economic imperative for countries.

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.

    Dear Members of Congress,

    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • 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.

    Thank you for inviting me to preach here at Duke University Chapel. And I especially want to thank the Bread for the World members who have come this morning.

    Bruce Puckett urged...

For Advocacy

  • Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

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

    For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.

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


  • 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...

  • Health Care Is a Hunger Issue

    Learn more about the principles that Bread for the World supports regarding health reform.


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