CRS Rice Bowl Local Grant

About CRS Rice Bowl

CRS is the international relief and development agency of the U.S. Bishops. CRS Rice Bowl is its Lenten catechetical and sacrificial giving program. It was an initiative started by Catholics in the United States who wanted to respond to the scarcity of food in Africa.

About the CRS Rice Bowl Collection

The money collected from CRS Rice Bowl is provided by the generous and sacrificial giving of many throughout the Diocese of Crookston and throughout the world. 75 percent of the collection is submitted directly to CRS for use in international aid and funds development projects in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America to produce more food, increase income and address poverty.

The remaining 25 percent of this total amount stays in the Diocese of Crookston and goes toward hunger and homeless alleviation projects/ programs in Northern Minnesota.

2015 CRS Rice Bowl Collection

$17,001.90 was raised in the Diocese of Crookston through Rice Bowl in Lent of 2015. 25 percent of these funds were dispersed to the 2015 CRS Rice Bowl local grant recipients. Thank you to all who applied for the 2015 CRS Rice Bowl local grant! Bishop Hoeppner and the Office of the New Evangelization are excited to announce that we received fourteen applications. Eight out of the fourteen satisifed the criteria. Congratulations to the following recipients: Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Twin Valley; Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Moorhead; Roseau Area Food Shelf, Roseau; St. Michael's Catholic Church to assist the efforts of the Helping Hand Food Shelf, Mahnomen; St. Theodore's Catholic Church to assist the efforts of the Laporte Food Shelf, Laporte; the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, Moorhead; Holy Rosary Catholic Church to assist the efforts of the Becker County Food Pantry, Detroit Lakes; and Care and Share of Crookston, Crookston. 

2014 CRS Rice Bowl Collection

$12,200.00 was raised in the Diocese of Crookston through Rice Bowl in Lent of 2014. 25 percent of these funds assisted programs such as the Becker County Food Pantry, Roseau Area Food Shelf, Lake of the Woods Food Shelf, Warroad Area Food Shelf, meals provided to individuals and families at the Refuge of Detroit Lakes through Holy Rosary Catholic Church and more.

Administration of the local Rice Bowl funds

While there are different ways of disbursing these funds, Bishop Hoeppner and the Office of the New Evangelization implemented a new process in 2015. Pastors, Evangelization/Social Justice Committees, youth groups, charitable organizations, food pantries and assistance programs are invited to apply for support that aid efforts in helping local families and individuals experiencing hunger and poverty in this very diocese. 

This local grant opportunity is available to parishes, organizations and projects within the Diocese of Crookston that are working to

  • Alleviate hunger, either through food programs (i.e., food pantries and soup kitchens); and/or
  • Alleviate hunger through addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty (i.e., educational programs).  

This local grant is offered every two years. The application process will open again in the Spring of 2017. 

Applicants & Awardees Online Applications & Forms

2015 Rice Bowl Grant Application

pdf 2015 Rice Bowl Grant Memo (147 KB)

pdf 2015 Rice Bowl Grant Guidelines & Criteria (132 KB)

Note for 2015 Awardees: A written report on how 2015 Rice Bowl grant funds were used, if a grant has been provided, must be on file before a 2017 application will be considered for funding. Reports are due by February 1, 2016, explaining the use of the grant. Download report forms pdf here (227 KB)