CRS Mini Grants

Each Lent, diocesan entities participate in CRS Rice Bowl. Of the funds available for distribution from the collection, 75% goes to the CRS international headquarters and is used to fund development projects overseas. The 25% retained by our Diocese is made available to fund grants of up to $1,000.00 for local hunger and poverty alleviation efforts by Diocesan entities.

The Office of Life, Justice and Advocacy is pleased to announce the
recipients for the
2020 CRS  Rice Bowl Mini-Grants.

Catholic Charities Food Bank, Pasco.

Catholic Charities Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center, Tampa, for Emergency-Based Assistance.

Clearwater Central Catholic High School for nutritious snacks for athletes.

Nativity Parish, Nativty Outreach Food Pantry.

Nativity Parish, Pastoral Care Ministries.

Our Lady of Fatima, The PFLC Food Pantry Support Project.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, St. Vincent de Paul Society, for Pack-a-Sack Food and School Resource Center.

Resurrection Parish, St. Anthony’s Food Pantry.

St. James Parish, St. Vincent de Paul Society, for Pack-a-Sack 4 Kids.

St. Joseph Parish, St. Petersburg, Our Daily Bread Program.

St. Justin, Martyr Parish for COVID Recovery support of the Interfaith Food Pantry.

St. Mary Parish, Tampa, Santa Maria Mission for Food Pantry and Hot Meal Program.

St. Matthew Parish, Joy of the Gospel Ministries

St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, St. Vincent de Paul Society, for Pack-a-Sack Food 4 Kids.

To learn more about CRS Rice Bowl , visit

This video describes the purpose of CRS Rice Bowl. This video could be used when Rice Bowls are given out, playing it before Mass or Faith Formation or Youth Ministry.

A similar but shorter video en Espanol

The Good Samaritan Series:

These videos can be used across age groups. Middle school and up will get the most from the content but the elementary school age kids will still be able to see and hear some important messages.

If you want to share any history of the work of CRS, these web sites are helpful: and In particular, these are some videos celebrating the 75 years of service of CRS and sharing about what it looks like around the world.

Learn more about Catholic Relief Services at their website: 

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