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1615 W. Washington St., Springfield, IL 62702

Office for the Missions

"CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten program for families and faith communities in the United States who want to put their faith into action. Through CRS Rice Bowl, participants are invited to hear stories about their brothers and sisters in need around the world, and devote their Lenten prayers, fasting and alms to change the lives of those who suffer in poverty. Participants journey through the 40 days of Lent with a collection of daily reflections and activities included in the CRS Rice Bowl calendar."

For more information visit the CRS FAQ webpage Rice Bowl: Frequently Asked Questions


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Donation Form for Online Giving

Have you been filling your rice bowl this Lent? To assist with turning in your rice bowl collection, you can make your donation by clicking the button below. 


Rice Bowl Grant Application 2021

If your parish or organization offers services that help bring food locally to those who need it, please consider applying for the 2021 grant.  CRS Rice Bowl is sponsored by the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and Catholic Relief Services.  This Lenten program is conducted in Catholic parishes throughout the entire diocese.  75% of the funds raised are used for international relief and development projects and 25% are distributed within the diocese for food programs and root-cause-of poverty relief efforts.

The Rice Bowl grant guidelines have been updated, and the grant process has changed.  Please see the application for the details.   All final reports from previous grants must be submitted to the Office for the Missions prior to being considered for a new grant.  All applications must be typed.  The application is a fillable pdf for easy completion and can be submitted to the Office for the Missions via email; however, if the application is emailed, the signature page must be mailed to the Office for the Missions separately.


2020 FINAL REPORT (fillable form here)

The 2020 Rice Bowl final report is due by December 30, based on previous grant guidelines.  Mail the final report to:  Office for the Missions, Attn: Rice Bowl, 1615 West Washington Street, Springfield, IL 62702 


2020 Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl  Grants awarded!

crs-rice-bowl-logoEach Lent, Catholics in this diocese participate in Catholic Relief Services' Rice Bowl program which calls for them to pray together, fast in solidarity with those who hunger, learn about global hunger and poverty and convert our sacrifices into gifts for those in need. We rejoice that our efforts allow our diocese to assist those who hunger and thirst for nourishment of body and soul in their every day lives. 25% of the funds collected in our parishes are available for distribution to organizations within our diocesan borders that work to feed the hungry and to reduce the root causes of hunger.

Thanks to your generosity the following organizations received CRS Rice Bowl Grants:

  • Blessings in a Backpack: Backpack Program
  • Good Samaritan Ministries: Carlinville Food Pantry
  • H.E.L.P.S. Ministry Outreach: Jump Start after-school program
  • Highland Area Christian Service Ministry: Community Food Pantry
  • Loami Area Community Food Pantry
  • Mt. Olive Care Center: Kids Safe Summer Feeding Program
  • Nokomis Christian Missions: Nokomis Food Pantry
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul: Collinsville Food Pantry
  • Highland Area Community Foundation: Summer L.U.N.C.H. Bunch
  • St. Francis Solanus Parish: St. Francis Community Assistance Food Pantry
  • St. Mary Church: St. Mary Food Pantry
  • Blessed Trinity and St. Francis of Assisi of Calhoun County: St. Vincent dePaul Society Food Pantry
  • Newman Catholic Center at EIU/Newman Food Pantry
  • Staunton Helping Hands Center: Staunton Food Pantry

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