Operation Rice Bowl

A fourth-grade student at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart School in Baltimore, MD, assembles a cardboard rice bowl used to raise money for Operation Rice Bowl. Operation Rice Bowl (ORB) is Catholic Relief Services’ annual Lenten program that helps Catholics raise awareness and funds to fight global hunger.

Each Lent, Catholic parishes, schools and families from more than 13,000 communities use symbolic rice bowls as the focal point for their prayer, fasting, and learning. Catholic school teachers, catechists, and youth ministers who want to integrate issues of justice and poverty into their Lenten curriculum use the ORB Educator’s Guide, complete with lesson plans, activities, and other resources.

Since its beginning in 1975 through 2008, Operation Rice Bowl raised more than $167 million to fund CRS development projects in 40 countries. With participation in almost every American diocese, many communities and families have adopted Operation Rice Bowl as a way to observe Lent.

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