Human Dignity and Solidarity

CRS Rice Bowl

Preparing for CRS Rice Bowl

Are you ready to encounter Lent 2021 in your parish or school? Whether CRS Rice Bowl is a tradition in your community or if you are considering participating for the first time, the Catholic Relief Services Ministry here at the Archdiocese of Chicago is ready to help you prepare for a season of encounter. For more information, click here.

We can’t wait for you to join the CRS Rice Bowl Movement in 2021!


¿Estás listo para salir al encuentro de la Cuaresma este 2021 en tu parroquia o escuela? Ya sea que Plato de Arroz de CRS es la tradición in tu comunidad o si estás considerando participar por primera vez, el ministerio de Catholic Relief Services aquí en la Arquidiócesis de Chicago está listo para asistirte en tu preparación para esta temporada de encuentro. Para más información, haga clic aquí.

¡Únete al movimiento Plato de Arroz de CRS este 2021!

CRS Rice Bowl is an annual Lenten program created for parishes, schools, and families to engage in global solidarity, raising funds for CRS' international work, but more importantly, building bonds with, learning about and praying for people all over the world. CRS Rice Bowl is so much more than a simple tool for almsgiving — it is a way to connect with the worldwide Church.

Each year, CRS highlights stories from five different countries — in 2021, we will learn more about Madagascar, El Salvador and Timor-Leste. During each week of Lent, we have the opportunity to hear stories from families in each country, enjoy delicious meatless recipes, and pray for our brothers and sisters as we reflect on our own daily choices. At the conclusion of Lent, parishes and schools should send their Rice Bowl contributions to:

Catholic Relief Services
CRS Rice Bowl
P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, Maryland 21297-0303

Chicago-area parishes and organizations receive 25% of the donations from CRS Rice Bowl. These funds alleviate poverty in our local communities.

Not currently a CRS Rice Bowl parish or school? Click here to participate in Rice bowl during Lent 2021.

Please contact Angela Swain at [email protected] with any questions.

CRS Rice Bowl Resources

Rice Bowl Orders: CRS Rice Bowls were shipped in December, and should be arriving at your school soon. If you have not yet received your CRS Rice Bowls, or need to order additional materials, visit the CRS Rice Bowl website or call 1-800-222-0025.

DIY Rice Bowl Label: For families who are participating in remote learning, you can share this downloadable CRS Rice Bowl label. Print the label and attach it to any empty jar or container for a Do-It-Yourself Rice Bowl.

Resources for the Classroom: The CRS Rice Bowl website had a wide array of lesson plans, stories and videos from our global human family, recipes for meatless meals, and so much more! Follow this link to download free resources to use in the classroom.

Resources for the Parish: The CRS Rice Bowl website had a wide array of prayers, bulletin announcements, stories and videos, recipes for meatless meals, a Virtual Stations of the Cross, and so much more! This year you can also create an online giving page for easier Rice Bowl collections. Follow this link to download free resources to use with your faith community this Lent.

Virtual Events: Your community is invited to participate in a virtual CRS Speaker Event during Lent. This year’s virtual events include CRS speakers from Madagascar and El Salvador, a family prayer and worship evening, and a live cooking demonstration using the CRS Rice Bowl meatless recipes. Details and registration available on the CRS Rice Bowl website.

Recursos en español

Stories of Hope Videos (per featured country)

2021 Lenten Reflections

CRS Rice Bowl Grants

25% of Rice Bowl donations collected within the Archdiocese of Chicago stay local to fund projects that emulate the mission and vision of Catholic Relief Services. In addition to international emergency aid, CRS has numerous initiatives that promote long-term solutions to poverty and hunger overseas, such as projects focused on restorative justice, agricultural development, micro-lending, fair trade enterprises, and hunger prevention initiatives. To learn more about CRS’ 2030 vision and strategy, click here.

Our 2020-2021 CRS Rice Bowl Grant Application is now available. Applications will be accepted between July 1 and August 31, 2020. All application materials must be submitted via email to [email protected]. Applicants will be informed of their status no later than November 30, 2020, and grant awards will be dispersed in December 2020.

Download the application here: PDF | Word DOC

Learn more about our 2019-2020 Grantees: