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My Blessing

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Amanda Bornfree and her daughter Story. (Photo courtesy of Amanda Bornfree)

By Amanda Bornfree

A few weeks after my husband and I found out we were expecting our first child, he lost his job—and we were without health insurance.

We were so afraid—and we didn’t know where to turn. But then we discovered that because of our sudden shift in income, I was eligible for benefits through the Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC).

Bread for the World’s advocacy for programs like WIC is truly a blessing. This year, nearly 9 million women and young children are receiving WIC benefits each month—and my baby girl and I are two of them.

I’m grateful for Bread's advocacy work, and I'd like to invite you to support their efforts for hungry people. Right now you have a special opportunity to make a big impact, because every dollar you give will be doubled, up to $100,000! Can you make a donation?

When I went to the WIC clinic I was given a pamphlet about the nutrition I needed as a pregnant woman. I still remember how I smiled when I found out that I could use some WIC monthly food vouchers at farmers markets. I remember thinking, "My baby and I are just as important as the family that is fortunate enough to be able to afford farmer’s markets."

For nearly 40 years Bread for the World has fought on behalf of poor and vulnerable people, defending the programs that meet their essential needs. Will you make a gift today to help support Bread's work on their behalf?

The assistance I received made me feel loved and important. It gave my husband and me more faith in our belief that everything was going to be all right. And that faith fed our determination to succeed. Everyone—rich or poor—has the right to live a healthy life. My family is blessed that Bread was around to defend that right.

Please donate to support Bread's incredible work today.

Amanda Bornfree is a member of Bread for the World and a consultant in the church relations department.

 

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As someone who grew up with a single mother I think that programs like WIC are an integral part of our society. Best of luck to you and yours in 2013!

Your baby has become a blessing when both of you felt down and unsure. WIC is really a big help for your family.

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