2019 Catholic Relief Service Rice Bowl Grants and Catholic Campaign for Human Development Grants Recipients


For Immediate Release: January 28, 2020

Local Award Recipients of 2019 Catholic Relief Service Rice Bowl Grants and Catholic Campaign for Human Development Grants.

Recipients address hunger and poverty in southwest Iowa.

(Des Moines, IA) Catholic Charities is pleased to announce the recipients of the local 2019 Catholic Relief Service (CRS) Rice Bowl Grants and Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) 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 $9,159.

  • The Bridge Des Moines: Connection Café (homeless & low-income lunch service)
  • Caring Hands: Backpack Food Bags to students in the SE Polk School District
  • Catholic Charities Outreach Center: Food Pantry program
  • Children and Family Urban Movement (CFUM): food for Breakfast Club
  • DMARC: supports food pantry network
  • Good Samaritan Fund – Perry: food, referral service, hunger-awareness
  • New Visions Homeless Services: Mohm’s Place (feeding homeless families)
  • Perry Area Emergency Food Council: food, referral service, hunger-awareness
  • Shelby County Ministerial: Benevolence Fund (emergency assistance program)
  • John’s Council of Catholic Women: Mobile Food Pantry
  • Urban Bicycle Food Ministry: Delivering burritos by bike to the homeless

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 2019. The remainder of the funds was distributed to over 40 countries overseas where CRS operates humanitarian response and development programs. The grant committee consisted of: Dan Werner, Tim McEntee, Janet Elwer, Bill Konnath, Barbara Decker, Deb Powers, and Holly Ackermann.

CCHD grants were awarded to seven organizations in the metro area and Council Bluffs totaling $6,346.

  • Center for Social Ministry: educational programs
  • Centro Latin of Iowa: serving low-income Latino community in Council Bluffs
  • Christ’s Hands Outreach Retreat: annual week long summer program for 6-8 graders
  • Faith in Action: spring break service experience
  • Family Promise Interfaith Hospitality Network: guest assistance and aftercare
  • Inter-Faith Alliance: assistance for rent, medical, & utilities
  • Justice for Our Neighbors: operational funding to continue free legal services

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. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the national anti-poverty program of the USCCB, working to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ “… to bring good news to the poor …  release to captives …  sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free.” (Luke 4:18) More information is at  http://www.usccb.org/about/catholic-campaign-for-human-development/

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. More information can be found at https://www.crsricebowl.org/about/ricebowl-faq.

About Catholic Charities, Diocese of Des Moines Catholic Charities is a 501c3, non-profit, social service organization that serves people of all faiths in a 23 county area in southwest Iowa annually impacting more than 25,000 people. Catholic Charities is devoted to providing family-centered services that empower individuals and strengthen families through essential and basic needs to vulnerable populations, integrated with case management and enhanced resources toward a healthier and more sustainable future. Catholic Charities programming includes counseling, refugee resettlement, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, shelter, and food insecurity. For information about Catholic Charities of Des Moines, please visit www.catholiccharitiesdm.org.

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