Twenty-nine ministries that serve the needy are the recipients of grants from the local share of the Rice Bowl collection.
The Rice Bowl collection is taken in Catholic churches nationwide each year during Lent to benefit the work of Catholic Relief Services. Catholic Relief Services is a non-profit relief agency commissioned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to assist the poor and vulnerable. Seventy-five percent of the collection goes to support CRS’ humanitarian and development programs overseas, providing life-saving assistance and hope in more than 100 countries around the world. The remaining 25 percent is returned to dioceses to support local hunger and poverty prevention programs.
The Diocese of Yakima awarded $750 Rice Bowl Grants to the following ministries: St. Joseph St. Vincent de Paul Conference, Kennewick; FISH Food Bank, Ellensburg; St. Henry’s Emergency Fund, Grand Coulee; Our Lady of Fatima Soup Kitchen, Moses Lake; Holy Rosary Sandwich Program, Moxee; Our Lady of Lourdes Food Bank, Selah; St. Joseph St. Vincent de Paul Conference, Wenatchee; St. Paul St. Vincent de Paul Conference, Yakima; St. Vincent Center Food Bank, Union Gap; PREPARES, Diocese of Yakima; Holy Apostles PREPARES Migrant Ministry, Monitor; St. Joseph PREPARES Migrant Ministry, Malaga; Our Lady of the Assumption PREPARES Migrant Ministry, Brender Creek; St. John the Baptist/Immaculate Conception, Cle Elum and Roslyn; Senior Companion Program, Catholic Charities; Respite Adult Day Center, Catholic Charities; Holy Family St. Vincent Outreach, Yakima; Our Lady of the Assumption, Angels of Mercy, Leavenworth and Cashmere; Sacred Heart, Sandwich Sunday Program, Prosser; St. Peter Claver, Wapato; St. Michael the Archangel, Royal City; Volunteer Services, Catholic Charities; ECLIPSE, Catholic Charities; Toppenish Community Chest Food Bank, Toppenish; Ephrata Food Bank, Ephrata; Our Lady of the Desert, Grupo de Caridad, Mattawa; Kinship Navigation Program, Catholic Charities; and St. Francis de Sales/St. Anne, Chelan and Bridgeport.
The diocese awarded a $1,000 Rice Bowl Grant to Catholic Campus Ministry at Central Washington University to establish a new ministry, Students Serving Students, which helps meet basic needs of students experiencing financial distress.
For guidelines and application procedures for the Local Rice Bowl Grant Program, contact Leanne LaBissoniere, parish outreach coordinator for Catholic Charities Serving Central Washington, 509.367-5291.