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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Operation Rice Bowl grants awarded to Eastern Washington agencies

by the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 1, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

Eight Eastern Washington hunger relief agencies are recipients of local Operation Rice Bowl grants for 2002.

The diocesan Catholic Relief Services advisory committee has awarded $4,300 in grants to organizations active in hunger relief throughout the Diocese of Spokane.

The funds for the local grant program come from generous donations made to Operation Rice Bowl during the Lenten season.

Each year, on or about Ash Wednesday, Operation Rice Bowl begins. Small cardboard “rice bowls” are distributed in parishes, along with prayer materials and information about the reality of life for many who are struggling around the world, as well as Catholic Relief Services’ efforts to respond. Families are encouraged to pray together, to fast or eat simpler meals, to learn about others’ lives in distant lands, and to give the money they might otherwise have spent on food to the rice bowl.

To date, over $25,500 has been given by parishes, individuals and schools to assist in hunger relief and development efforts, both locally and globally.

Operation Rice Bowl donations are split between global and local hunger relief efforts. Seventy-five percent of the funds are donated to Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops’ overseas development and disaster relief agency. Those funds are distributed through programs in more than 80 countries.

The following organizations and their clients received local grants:

  • Addy Rescue Mission, Addy.
  • Chewelah Food Bank, Chewelah.
  • Council on Aging & Human Services, Colfax.
  • Loon Lake Food Pantry, Loon Lake.
  • Project Timothy, Dayton.
  • Spokane AIDS Network, Spokane.
  • Valley Food Bank, Spokane.
  • Women and Children’s Free Restaurant, Spokane.

    For information about Operation Rice Bowl and its program of learning, fasting, praying and giving, contact Catholic Charities’ Parish Social Ministry Office: 358-4273 or 1-800-831-1209.

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