Project Rice Bowl

I knew from the start of Lent I wanted to participate in this service project. Project Rice Bowl brings the issue of local and world hunger right into your home.

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We usually pick these boxes up at church on Ash Wednesday…of course, I forgot…so I remembered to get one today!

Inside the flattened box is a flyer…it explains exactly how the donations will be used to help hungry families around the word.

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I had Aaron assemble the box, and we will probably find a central location… like the kitchen, to set it up.

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How it Works~

We think of items we can sacrifice: like buying a movie on demand, candy at the store, Starbucks, anything “extra”… instead of spending the money on ourselves we put the money in the Rice Bowl Box. I think this program is an  effective sacrifice because you can really “feel” what you are giving up.

Example~ Oh…. I really want to stop at the store and pick up snacks for my day at work…even though I’m not really hungry…and I only work for four hours…but I’m craving something salty…

Instead…I will take the three or four dollars that I would have spent at the store (truthfully… completely not needed) and put it to good use…helping others…instead of myself!

Fast Facts:

When you give to CRS Rice Bowl:

25 percent of your donations go to hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in your own community.

75 percent of your donations support CRS’s humanitarian relief programs in 100 countries worldwide. ($10 provides a family with 2 weeks of food)

  • Catholic Relief Services helps more than 100 million of the world’s poorest people each year.
  • Nearly 13,000 parishes  and schools across the United States participate in CRS Rice Bowl each Lent.
  • Since 1975, Catholics have donated more than $200 million to help the poor through CRS Rice Bowl Source


Happy Friday!


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