The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s 45th annual CRS Rice Bowl initiative kicked off with a Feb. 21 blessing at the community food pantry at Our Lady of Hope Parish in North Philadelphia, led by Bishop John McIntyre. The Catholic Relief Services program invites participants to incorporate fasting and almsgiving into their Lenten journeys. Proceeds from sacrificial donations fund anti-poverty efforts abroad and at home. Last year approximately $98,500 or 25% of the total collected was directed to archdiocesan Nutritional Development Services to support hunger and poverty relief at 50 local food cupboards and soup kitchens. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
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