Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Operation Rice Bowl helps fund regional anti-hunger efforts

the Inland Register

(From the July 7, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Every Lenten season, parishioners around Eastern Washington take part in Operation Rice Bowl, learning about life in remote parts of the world, eating smaller and simpler meals and contributing money to Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the U.S. Bishops’ overseas emergency relief and development agency.

This year, close to $22,000 was collected by parishes throughout the Spokane Diocese.

CRS recommends that 25 percent of the funds collected through Operation Rice Bowl remain in the diocese to support local hunger and nutrition programs, reinforcing the idea that people are hungry in Eastern Washington, just as they are hungry on other continents.

The Catholic Relief Services Diocesan Advisory Committee recently recommended nine grants to local hunger relief programs for Bishop Skylstad’s approval. The recipients are:

• Addy Rescue Mission, Addy.
• The Cove, Twisp.
• Loon Lake Food Bank, Loon Lake.
• North County Food Pantry, Elk.
• Omak Food Bank, Omak.
• Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane.
• Our Place, Spokane.
• The People’s Pantry, Republic.
• St. Vincent de Paul conference of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco.

One funded project that is a slight departure from usual grant recipients is the community garden project at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Spokane. Youth Ministry Director Dan Glatt has begun a series of raised bed gardens on parish grounds for the youth to raise vegetables. The produce will be sold to fund mission trips to Mexico and also donated to area food banks and soup kitchens.

The 75 percent of Operation Rice Bowl funds fowarded to CRS will support the organization’s work in disaster relief, nutrition, agriculture, sanitation, well-baby projects, peacebuilding and microcredit in over 90 countries around the world.

Donations to Operation Rice Bowl this year may have been impacted by the outpouring of support to CRS in response to the Indian Ocean tsunami. Residents of Eastern Washington gave approximately $340,000 to CRS to assist in tsunami-affected countries.

For more information about Operation Rice Bowl and Catholic Relief Services, visit their website at or call the Parish Social Ministry Office at 358-4273 or 1-800-831-1209.

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