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February 26, 2001


The Archdiocese of Philadelphia begins the 26th annual campaign of Operation Rice Bowl on Ash Wednesday, February 28, 2001. The 40 day Lenten program encourages parishioners to fast one day a week during Lent. Families place money that would have been spent on meals into a cardboard "rice bowl" to remember those who are poor and hungry. These rice bowls are available from most parishes. After Easter, parishioners' contributions will be donated to those in need.

The launch of this year's Operation Rice Bowl will be marked with a Lenten Simple Lunch of soup and crackers served

Wednesday, February 28, 2001
12:30 p.m.
Newman Center at the University of Pennsylvania
111 South 38th Street (next to Saint Agatha-Saint James Church)

During the year 2000, $314,000 was raised by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia through Operation Rice Bowl. Seventy five percent of the funds, or roughly $235,000, were distributed through Catholic Relief Services, the official overseas relief and development agency of the United States Catholic community. Those funds were used to support small enterprise development, mother and child health projects, agricultural training and development projects as well as education projects. Twenty five percent of the funds, or approximately $79,000, remained within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Nutritional Development Services, a department within Catholic Social Services, used these funds to purchase food for the poor and hungry in the Philadelphia area.


Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist

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