Local Catholics prepare for Operation Rice Bowl
— Operation Rice Bowl begins Ash Wednesday, March 9
By Catholic Charities in Oregon
(Portland, Ore.) – Millions of Catholics in the United States are gearing up to participate in Operation Rice Bowl, Catholic Relief Services’ annual program to raise awareness of global hunger. Starting Ash Wednesday, March 9, Catholic parishes and schools will use symbolic rice bowls as the focal point for their Lenten observance. The challenge calls on participants to pray with their families and faith communities, fast in solidarity with those who hunger, learn about our global community overseas, and give sacrificial contributions to those in need.
Proceeds from Operation Rice Bowl fund development projects which benefit the most vulnerable of the poor. Donations made through the effort are distributed both internationally and locally, with 75% going to Catholic Relief Services to increase food security around the world and 25% remaining in the Portland Archdiocese to assist needy families and individuals throughout Western Oregon.
Donors are encouraged to send donations directly to their parish or to Catholic Charities, located at 2470 SE Powell Boulevard in Portland. Donations mailed directly to Operation Rice Bowl are not distributed to our local community.
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