For Lent, for life.

Every Lent, Catholics in the United States do something amazing. Their prayers, fasting and almsgiving become lifesaving aid for millions of individuals living in conditions of   poverty around the world. The hungry are fed; the thirsty are given drink; the homeless find shelter. And this has been going on for more than 40 years. That’s the impact of CRS Rice Bowl. That’s how what you give up for Lent can change lives. A simple cardboard box—a CRS Rice Bowl—inspires prayers, fasting and almsgiving within Catholic families across the U.S., and delivers hope to millions around the world.

CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services‘ Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities.

Through CRS Rice Bowl, we hear stories from our brothers and sisters in need worldwide, and devote our Lenten prayers, fasting and gifts to change the lives of the poor.

Here Cardinal Timothy Dolan shares his reflections on how CRS Rice Bowl fits into our Church’s Lenten practice.

Learn more about Lent and CRS Rice Bowl.

Interested in bringing CRS Rice Bowl to your community?

More than 13,000 faith communities participated in CRS Rice Bowl last Lent.

Check with your parish or school and tell them that you want CRS Rice Bowl to be a part of your community’s Lenten observances.

Parishes and schools may order CRS Rice Bowl materials or call 1-800-222-0025 to place an order. Be sure to watch the video on How to Kickoff CRS Rice Bowl.

How are donations used?

Driven by our faith, we are committed to help those in need no matter where they may live. In that spirit:

75 percent of your gift supports CRS’ programs around the world. Some examples include:

  • Agriculture projects help farmers improve harvests
  • Water and sanitation projects bring clean water to communities
  • Microfinance projects support small businesses
  • Mother and child health projects offer health and nutrition services
  • Education projects provide resources and training

25 percent of your donations go to hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in your own community. Contact your CRS diocesan director to find out how your diocese uses the 25 percent.

Contact CRS Rice Bowl