Grant recipients address hunger and poverty in southwest Iowa

Local Award Recipients for 2018 Catholic Relief Service Rice Bowl Grants and Catholic Campaign for Human Development Grants

(Des Moines, IA) Catholic Charities is pleased to announce the recipients of the local 2018 Catholic Relief Service (CRS) Rice Bowl Grants and Catholic Campaign for Human Development Grants. Southwest Iowa charitable organizations received funding for their programs that help those in need in the community.

Ten area organizations addressing hunger and poverty were awarded grant funding through CRS Rice Bowl grants totaling $10,604.

  • Children and Family Urban Movement (CFUM): food for Breakfast Club ………………. $1,400
  • Des Moines Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: guest assistance and aftercare ……… $704
  • The Bridge Des Moines: Connection Café (homeless & low-income lunch service)…. $1,000
  • Good Samaritan Fund – Perry: food, referral service, hunger-awareness …………….. $1,000
  • Shelby County Ministerial: Benevolence Fund (emergency assistance program)……….. $700
  • New Visions Homeless Services: Mohm’s Place (feeding homeless families)…………… $1800
  • Inter-Faith Alliance: assistance for rent, medical, & utilities ………………………………… $1,500
  • DMARC: supports food pantry network ……………………………………………………………. $500
  • Catholic Charities Outreach Center: Food Pantry program ………………………………….. $1,200
  • Good Samaritan Food Pantry-Adel: food, referral service, hunger-awareness …………. $800

CRS Rice Bowl annual campaign supports programs that prevent hunger and poverty around the world. The local grant funding is 25% of the total amount raised through the CRS Rice Bowl campaign in the Diocese of Des Moines during lent (40 days leading to Easter) in 2017. The rest of the funds went to over 40 countries overseas where CRS operates humanitarian response and development programs. The grant committee for both CRS and CCHD grants consisted of: Dan Werner, Tim McEntee, Janet Elwer, Bill Konnath, Nancy Galeazzi, Ken Bresnan.

CCHD grants were awarded to seven organizations in the metro area and Council Bluffs totaling $6,261.

  • AMOS Institute of Public Life ………………………………………………………………………….. $500
  • Centro Latin of Iowa: serving low-income Latino community in Council Bluffs…………. $1,200
  • Justice for Our Neighbors: operational funding to continue free legal services……….. $1,500
  • Christ’s Hands Outreach Retreat: annual week-long summer program for 6-8 graders… $500
  • ISU Extension & Outreach – Perry: LINK (program linking parents to schools)…………… $961
  • Faith in Action: spring break service experience………………………………………………….. $600
  • Center for Social Ministry: educational programs………………………………………………. $1,000

CCHD, a program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is committed to supporting organizations led by low-income individuals as they work to break the cycle of poverty and improve their communities.

About USCCB USCCB.org The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States. The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place. This purpose is drawn from the universal law of the Church and applies to the episcopal conferences which are established all over the world for the same purpose.

About Catholic Relief Services (CRS) CRS.org Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic Community in the United States. Founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve WWII survivors in Europe, CRS now works in over 90 countries around the world providing relief and development based on need, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS partners with the Diocese of Des Moines Catholic Charities to engage and educate Catholics on global solidarity through programs like CRS Rice Bowl, Fair Trade and Food Fast.

 

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