My name is Hollie, but here in my Corpus Christi, Texas hometown, I’m known as The Bread Girl.
I grew up on an Oklahoma wheat farm and had my hands in flour from an early age. Coming from a long line of excellent bakers, I began learning the art of baking bread from scratch. Not only did I learn how to bake, but I also grew up being extensively involved in the process of growing hard red winter wheat.
While my roots were at the farm, I was given opportunity to journey abroad in high school and college where I was deeply changed as I witnessed the complicated cycles of poverty. This is when the questions truly began. How could I have so much and others have so little? Why was I born in Oklahoma and not in a slum? How can I use my life to bring hope to the least of these? How do I responsibly use my gifting and passion to serve and love those caught in the complex cycles of poverty?
As I was wrestling with those questions in college, I studied pre-medicine thinking this was the avenue for me to serve. Instead, I graduated from college and eventually moved to Thailand to work with Thai college students. A few years later while working with high school and college students in Arkansas, I met and married a Navy pilot who took us to Guam.
Though the journey was not what I expected, I embraced the opportunities and completed my Masters in Intercultural Studies at Biola University while working at with college students in Guam. I marveled watching the lives of Asian and Pacific Islander students be transformed when they were offered hope. Hope to walk in freedom, hope to dream, hope to break cycles of brokenness, and hope to change their community.
Our next move brought us to Corpus Christi. I was pregnant with our first child but still yearned to pass on hope to those affected by difficult cycles of poverty. After surveying what I had to give, I began baking. I had no idea if it would really work, but we told our friends and passed out homemade flyers explaining what we do. Fed by Bread began baking in 2009 and the original vision I had still remains the same…bake and sell bread locally and give all profit to support projects serving the vulnerable in Sub-Saharan Africa.
As our family grew, so did Fed by Bread. In 2012 we baked and sold enough to give over $7000. In 2013, we gave over $10,000. Through 2013, we heavily invested in child sponsorship and other child survival programs through Compassion and World Vision. Through these years, we felt it necessary and responsible to ‘put down some roots’ for Fed by Bread and begin a partnership.
After researching and discussing, the doors opened to partner with Africa New Life Ministries. I visited Rwanda in July of 2014 and it became apparent that our vision fit perfectly with ANL’s vision for serving vulnerable kids. We’re excited to bake, knowing our profits are going directly to help provide nutritious lunches to vulnerable Rwandan kids.
Although FBB has grown, my passion for baking remains. You’ll still find me with my hands in the dough, baking something. However, one of the best gifts has been developing relationships with our wonderful customers and volunteers. Without them this bakery would not be in business. And when you place your order, I’ll look forward to meeting you as you join us to bake, feed, and give hope.