The Archdiocese of Philadelphia launched its 48th annual Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Rice Bowl initiative with a blessing of the cardboard boxes Friday, Feb. 10 at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center. Rice Bowl is a nationwide Lenten program providing people of all ages with a way to put their faith into action through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

Following the blessing, archdiocesan and Nutritional Development Services (NDS) staff packed bags to be delivered to Access Community Center. Access Community Center serves the City of Chester with an active food cupboard supported by NDS, an agency of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which benefits in part from Rice Bowl contributions. (Photos: Archdiocese of Philadelphia)