Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s 49th Annual Rice Bowl Initiative

This year’s Rice Bowl initiative takes place Wednesday, February 14, 2024 through Saturday, March 30, 2024.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will once again join Catholics throughout the country by participating in Rice Bowl, an initiative of Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

This faith-in-action program provides a tangible way to incorporate prayer, fasting, and almsgiving into our Lenten journeys. It also illuminates our shared commitment to assist the poor and vulnerable in our region and around the world.

Three-quarters of all contributions to Rice Bowl will provide assistance to impoverished communities overseas. The remaining 25% will be used by Nutritional Development Services, an agency of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, to combat hunger and poverty locally in Philadelphia

Throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, NDS supports a network of over 50 food cupboards including five food cupboards operated by Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia; five soup kitchens; and numerous community outreach programs.

For more information on CRS Rice Bowl, visit