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.

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 is open from April 16 – June 29, 2018 

Applicants & Awardees Online Applications & Forms

2018 Rice Bowl Grant Guidelines & Criteria


Note for 2018 Awardees: A written report on how 2018 Rice Bowl grant funds were used, if a grant has been provided, must be on file before a 2020 application will be considered for funding. Reports are due by April 1, 2019 explaining the use of the grant. Report forms will be made available to Awardees in January 2019. 

Questions may be directed to Bob Noel at 218-281-4533 ext. 439 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..