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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Operation Rice Bowl local grants benefit area agencies

the Inland Register

(From the June 15, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

Thirteen Eastern Washington hunger relief agencies have been awarded 2001 Operation Rice Bowl local grants.

The local Catholic Relief Services advisory committee sat down to the table with more applications for assistance and more funding to distribute than ever before in the history of Operation Rice Bowl.

Parishes and schools throughout the diocese responded with unprecedented generosity to the educational opportunities of Operation Rice Bowl as a Lenten program for prayer and solidarity with those around the world who have less.

Through the program, families and other groups eat more simply, perhaps less abundantly, and donate money saved to ORB.

The program also includes consciousness-raising materials, prayer, and education information about issues of worldwide hunger.

The program is one of the ministries of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops’ overseas development and emergency relief agency.

To date, over $23,000 has been collected to share in hunger relief efforts, both locally and internationally, through Operation Rice Bowl. Of the funds donated, 25 percent stays in Eastern Washington to support food banks and meal programs for low-income people.

Operation Rice Bowl grants are typically in the $400-$600 range for direct service programs. This year, because of increased donations, more agency requests will be granted.

Requests ranged from general support of food banks and meal sites to specific projects, such as the purchase of a used commercial freezer to store increasing frozen food donations and support of a cooking class for food bank clients.

The following organizations and their clients will benefit from prayer and giving during this past Lenten season:

  • Addy Rescue Mission, Addy.
  • Chewelah Food Bank, Chewelah.
  • Council on Aging and Human Services, Colfax.
  • Ione Food Bank, Ione.
  • Loon Lake Food Pantry, Loon Lake.
  • Mid-City Senior Center, Spokane.
  • Newport Food Bank, Newport.
  • Our Place Community Ministries, Spokane.
  • Spokane Community Gardens, Spokane.
  • St. Margaret Shelter, Spokane.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, Spokane.
  • Valley Food Bank, Spokane.
  • Women’s and Children’s Free Restaurant, Spokane.

This year’s members of the diocesan Catholic Relief Services advisory committee were Judy Butler, Susan Foster-Dow, Judy Sweeney, Mary Ann Ashlock, Rocky Rothrock and Dan Glatt.

Operation Rice Bowl is the main funding source for Catholic Relief Services’ international efforts to alleviate hunger and its causes. Catholic Relief Services is present in over 80 countries around the world and has been particularly present in El Salvador and India following the devastation of the earthquakes in those areas earlier this year.

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