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January 30, 2012


The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is participating in Operation Rice Bowl for the 37th year in a row. Operation Rice Bowl is a nationwide effort administered by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to alleviate hunger both locally and abroad through four components: prayer, fasting, learning, and giving. Bishop John J. McIntyre will preside at this year's kick-off.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
1:00 p.m.
Visitation Food Cupboard
Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center
2646 Kensington Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Parishioners in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia donated almost $337,000 to Operation Rice Bowl during Lent 2011. Of that amount, about $85,000 stayed in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and helped the Office for Nutritional Development Services fight hunger in the region. The remainder was distributed to Catholic Relief Services to combat hunger and other basic human needs overseas.

Bishop McIntyre will bless the "rice bowls" before their distribution to the parishes and schools of the Archdiocese. Families are encouraged to place money they would have spent on meals in the "rice bowls" to remember those who are poor and hungry.


Editor's Note: For more information on Operation Rice Bowl please contact Anne H. Ayella, CRS Archdiocesan Director at 267-262-8901. For more information on Catholic Relief Services please visit

Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist

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