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

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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.


  • 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. 

  • Fact Sheet: Hunger by the Numbers

    In 2017, 11.8 percent of households in the U.S.—40 million people—were food-insecure, meaning that they were unsure at some point during the year about how they would provide for their next meal.


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