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Sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office for Peace and Justice's Catholic Relief Services

Chicago, IL (March 3, 2014) – For nearly 50 years, CRS Rice Bowl has been an innovative way for Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago to pray, fast and give alms during Lent. Each parish and school in Lake and Cook Counties is invited to participate in this Lenten faith-formation tool, which goes beyond just donating. Numerous resources are provided to engage Catholics through daily reflections, weekly prayers and meatless recipes along with a mobile app to track sacrifices and Stories of Hope from five different countries.

During Lent, 65% of the donations to Rice Bowl will go to help the poorest around the world in order to assist them with projects such as starting small businesses in Kenya, quality education in Guatemala, community rebuilding efforts in the Philippines, agricultural education in Malawi and healthcare in Haiti.

The other 35% donated will be used here in the Archdiocese for educational and advocacy efforts. Grants of $500 to $1,500 dollars will be awarded to different food pantries, soup kitchens, hunger education and advocacy initiatives, nutrition education, self-help food developments, community gardens and other projects working to alleviate hunger in the Chicagoland area.

More resources on Rice Bowl, the Rice Bowl Challenge, the Rice Bowl Grant, and mobile app can be found on the Office for Peace and Justice website: For more information, contact the Office for Peace and Justice at 312-534-3891 or email Joanna Arellano at

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