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Help the Poor Through Prayer and Almsgiving

By Kim Pozniak

Every year, millions of Catholics in the United States participate in CRS Rice Bowl, Catholic Relief Services' annual Lenten program. Catholic parishes and schools from more than 13,000 communities use symbolic cardboard "rice bowls" as the focal point for their prayer, fasting and learning. Getting involved in the program is a spiritual and practical way to help people living in poverty around the world.

Participants make the small sacrifice of preparing simple, meatless recipes each week and putting the money they otherwise would have spent on a big meal into symbolic rice bowls. That money goes to support CRS' mission to fight global hunger and poverty.

Kim Pozniak is a communications officer for CRS based in Baltimore, MD.

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