Human Dignity and Solidarity


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 2020, we will learn more about Honduras, Vietnam and Kenya. 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. Imago Dei, one of our local Rice Bowl grantees, is featured as one of CRS’ Stories of Hope. (Link)

Not currently a CRS Rice Bowl parish or school? Click here to participate in Rice bowl during Lent 2020.

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

Please contact Ryan Lents at [email protected] with any questions.

Learn more about our 2019-2020 Grantees: