Donating just the price of a coffee each day of Lent can make a world of difference.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has launched its annual CRS Rice Bowl Food Drive. Since 1975, CRS has held this international food drive to support over 150 million people in over 100 countries. The initiative encourages Catholics to fast, pray and give alms during the Lenten season.
Donations are collected in cardboard “bowls,” which are then sent in to Catholic Relief Services. CRS in turn distributes the funds to its many services around the globe. On their website, they note that 75% of funds raised support their international efforts. The remaining 25% goes towards fighting hunger and poverty in the US.
Of their charitable efforts, CRS writes:
Each Lent, Catholic families across the country unite to put their faith into action through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Through CRS Rice Bowl, families learn about how our sisters and brothers across the globe overcome hardships like hunger and malnutrition, and how through Lenten alms, we have the power to make the world a better place for all.
National Catholic Register reports that this year donations are more appreciated than ever before. The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented shortages of jobs and food, especially in countries where the majority of citizens are living in abject poverty. Beth Martin, CRS’ director of campaign action and content, noted that CRS has been working through the pandemic to send emergency food supplies to 30 countries.
Martin told NCR:
“And in the past year, there have been a lot. COVID-19 is increasing global hunger and malnutrition, and several natural disasters have left thousands without a home or without crops to feed their families and communities. Everyone everywhere has struggled.”
Martin went on to note that Catholics can bring peace of mind to many in need with a small donation. She suggested that even donating the price of a cup of coffee each day of Lent could make a world of difference.