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encounterlent2019 Each day during Lent, we have the opportunity to be inspired by the stories of communities from around the world, to set aside a little of ourselves to make room for a stranger. This Lent, CRS Rice Bowl reminds us that the journey through the desert ultimately leads to resurrection—and that it is our Gospel call to stand with courage, bringing the hope of the Resurrection to a world often beset by hopelessness.

The Diocese of Green Bay and Catholic Relief Services co-sponsor CRS Rice Bowl. Catholic Relief Services is the international humanitarian arm of the U.S. Catholic Church.

CRS Rice Bowl Collection Helps the Poor

Contributions to this national collection for the World's Poor are divided this way:

 75% of funds go for international relief and development projects
 25% go for projects within the Diocese of Green Bay that aid immigrant and refugee people struggling with basic material needs


How to Give:

Donations to CRS Rice Bowl can be mailed to:
The Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Green Bay, Inc., P.O. Box 22128, Green Bay, WI 54305-2128
Phone: (920) 272-8344


How to Apply:

Organizations based in the 16 counties of Northeastern Wisconsin within the Diocese of Green Bay are invited to submit CRS Rice Bowl grant applications. CRS Rice Bowl funds projects that benefit Northeastern Wisconsin immigrant or refugee populations who are struggling to meet their basic material needs (such as food, shelter, healthcare, literacy, and counseling services).

  document CRS Rice Bowl Grant Criteria and Application (113 KB)
Application Deadline: April 19, 2019

CRS Rice Bowl Website


2018 Award Winners

In 2018, $13,000 was awarded to agencies at the local level to meet the basic material needs of immigrant and refugee people in northeastern Wisconsin. The 2018 Diocesan Rice Bowl award winners are:

  • Alzheimer's Association, Greater WI Chapter - Hispanic Outreach Project
  • Casa ALBA Melanie - Diabetes Education and Support for Hispanics
  • EVA Mission, Inc. - Assistance to the Needy
  • House of Hope, Green Bay - Emergency Shelter and Financial Assistance
  • Family Services of NE Wisconsin - Hispanic Survivor's Women's Group
  • Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity - Spanish/Hmong Translation and Interpretation
  • Literacy Green Bay, Inc. - Adult English Language Learner Classes
  • COMSA - Resource Center for the Somali Community in Green Bay
  • Foundations Health & Wholeness, Inc. - Mental Health Care for Non-English Speaking Clients
  • Quad Parishes - St. Patrick's Food Pantry 
  • St. Vincent de Paul, Appleton - St. Vincent de Paul Appleton Voucher Program
  • St. Joseph Parish, Wautoma - Hispanic Migrant Pastoral Ministry
  • Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County - Literacy Partners Prevailing Services
  • LEAVEN - Emergency Financial Assistance, Immigrant and Refugee
  • St. Bernadette Parish - Catholic Build Habitat for Humanity, Appleton
  • Brown County UW-Extension - Church Road Community Garden Road Repair
  • United ReSisters - College Bound Somali Women

CRS Rice Bowl Resources


Questions? More information? Contact:

EricWeydtEric Weydt, Catholic Social Justice Coordinator
Phone: (920) 272-8344 
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Office of Catholic Social Justice
Bona Hall, P.O. Box 23825, 1825 Riverside Drive, Green Bay, WI 54305