Part of a local organization that might benefit from a CRS Rice Bowl grant?

We primarily fund parishes and organizations that emulate the mission and vision of Catholic Relief Services on a local level. In addition to the international emergency aid that CRS provides, CRS has numerous initiatives that promote long-term solutions to poverty and hunger overseas, such as projects focused on restorative justice, agricultural development, micro-lending, Fair Trade enterprises, and hunger prevention initiatives.

Contact Bethany Collins at to learn more about the Grant Program and participate in Rice Bowl during Lent 2017.

Current CRS Rice Bowl Grantees

Broadview Service Center

2000 Roosevelt Rd., Broadview IL 60155

Service Hours: Wednesdays, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

The Broadview Service Center has been serving the community for twenty years, with a mission to provide nutritious food to disadvantaged families in the Broadview community. As a client choice food pantry, Broadview Service Center affirms the dignity of choice, allowing clients to choose the foods that are best for their family.

Casa Catalina Food Pantry

4537 S. Ashland, Chicago IL 60609

Partnered with Catholic Charities and run by Holy Cross/Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic parish, the Casa Catalina food pantry provides staple food, coats, toiletries, diapers, baby formula, and school supplies. Casa Catalina also provides assistance with filling paperwork and applying for social services.

To Volunteer: Get involved as a Catholic Charities volunteer at Volunteer Bridge.

Casa Esperanza

8801 S. Saginaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617

Casa Esperanza is a transitional housing program serving the women and children of the Chicagoland area. Our mission is to help residents overcome the cycle of poverty and homelessness by providing a safe, stable home and a caring community. Our programming offers opportunity for personal, social and professional development, and fosters independence, helping women achieve self-sufficiency through counseling, holistic workshops and skills-based training.

Chicago Fair Trade - Fair Trade in the Sanctuary

Fair trade helps people in developing countries to lift themselves out of poverty by providing a fair, livable wage and a safe working environment. It also helps to eliminate child labor, and it encourages practices that are sustainable for the earth.

Chicago Fair Trade’s Fair Trade in the Sanctuary program is led by a bureau of fair trade advocates available to share their first-hand accounts of Fair Trade during church services. These advocates bring fair trade to life and bring home the transformative power of fair trade through their powerful and moving stories. Fair Trade in the Sanctuary teaches our faith communities how we can be sure that the materials used in our worship spaces and liturgies--such as textiles and Communion wine--are produced and purchased fairly. By making Fair Trade a part of our Sanctuaries, we put the values that we uphold into practice in our worship.

Volunteer Application: Complete this form so that Chicago Fair Trade can contact you anytime they need volunteers. They have several standing committees, and various tabling events throughout the year at which you can volunteer.

Host Fair Trade in the Sanctuary at your parish! Contact Chicago Fair Trade and ask how!

Dominican University Hunger Banquet

Students work together on a hunger awareness activity during the Hunger Banquet.

Students work together on a hunger awareness activity during the Hunger Banquet.

Dominican University’s annual Hunger Banquet is a dinner event modeled after Oxfam America’s program and draws approximately 175 participants.  It educates, inspires, and creates connections between students and community members to work for hunger relief.  Dominican University has worked diligently to make the Hunger Banquet a creative, fresh experience for participants each year. The 2016 Hunger Banquet on Wednesday, November 16 will address hunger on the global level and represents a partnership between Catholic Relief Services and Dominican’s Graduate School of Social Work, Academic Enrichment Center, Office of Community-Based Learning, and University Ministry.

Franciscan Outreach

1645 W. LeMoyne St., Chicago IL

The Marquard Center Dining Room serves nutritious meals to 100 individuals every night of the year. Marquard Center strives to foster a friendly environment where guest are known by name and encouraged to get to know one another, and speak with our available case managers. Franciscan Outreach hopes to put guests in contact with the resources they need to start building a better life.

Franciscan House is a 257-bed shelter with separate men’s and women’s dorms that has been providing refuge for 30 years. It is located at 2715 W. Harrison Street on Chicago’s West Side, just south of the I-290 expressway.

At the urging of the City of Chicago, Franciscan Outreach assumed management of a 65-bed shelter at 200 S. Sacramento in 2012. Now known as Franciscan Annex, this space prevents vulnerable citizens from being turned back on to the streets.

Hands to Help Ministries

3857 N. Kostner, Chicago IL
Hotline: 773.599.9370 

Hands to Help assists individuals on the northside of Chicago who are struggling with homelessness, or at risk of experiencing homelessness. Hands to Help connects faith communities and their resources in order to offer long-term relationships and a stable support system through referrals for housing, healthcare, jobs and benefits, and assistance with rent, transportation and identification. They also advocate for systematic change in services for people in need. The CRS Rice Bowl Grant will allow Hands to Help to expands the hours of their Outreach Worker in order to reach more of the community.

Housing Forward

A volunteer prepares beds for the guests of Housing Forward.

A volunteer prepares beds for the guests of Housing Forward.

1851 S. 9th Ave, Maywood IL 60153

The CRS Rice Bowl grant will allow Housing Forward to purchase food and other incidental supplies for participants of their PADS Shelter program.

Parish volunteers from Ascension (Oak Park), Mater Christi, St. Bernardine, St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy, St. Edmund, St. Eulalia, St. Giles, St. Leonard, St. Luke, St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Mary of Celle are essential to making this shelter program possible.

Holy Name of Mary -
Oblate Sisters of Providence Diner

11159 S. Loomis St., Chicago IL 60643

Guests of the Oblate Sisters of Providence (OSP) Diner are residents of Maple & Morgan Park. Eighty percent are unemployed or have incomes below the poverty level. The Diner provides excellent service to guests in an environment that is welcoming and accepting. Using a Nutrition Grant from Greater Chicago Food Depository, OSP Diner is able to provide health and nutrition education as well as a balanced and nutritious hot meal weekly to all who come through the door.

Volunteers attend the Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk to support OSP Diner.

Volunteers attend the Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk to support OSP Diner.

Imago Dei

St. Agnes of Bohemia Parish
2651 S. Central Park Ave, Chicago

Imago Dei is an organization for youth development through the arts, created in service of a movement that values equity, fairness and progress in the community of Little Village. In an era of reduced funding for the arts in schools, provides young people with a gateway into the arts, ensuring that the most challenged and underprivileged youth gain access to quality programs unhindered by socio-economic barriers.

An adolescent is more likely to be more comfortable expressing him/herself with some crayons and markers, rather than expressing emotions and feelings through words. Because of this, art can be a much more viable solution for communication rather than simply having a conversation and talking about some of the difficulties they confront on a daily bases. Imago Dei understands that community art is very empowering, it awakens the imagination and stimulates creative energy, self-awareness and social-awareness.

This year's Rice Bowl Grant will fund a Day of the Dead Procession to promote peace and nonviolence in the Little Village community. This event unites the community in a celebration of healing.

Maria Kaupas Center - Seeds of Change Community Garden

Members of Maria Kaupas Center Work together to plant rosemary for the community garden.

Members of Maria Kaupas Center Work together to plant rosemary for the community garden.

2740 W. 68th St., Chicago IL 60629

According to research, Chicago Lawn is a food desert with limited access to healthy, reasonably priced food.  It also suffers from high unemployment, especially among youth. However, the Maria Kaupas Center (MKC), a Catholic community/youth center hopes to address these conditions in a small way through its project, Seeds of Change.

At the heart of Seeds of Change is a small community garden. MKC members helped design, build, and tend this sacred space.The Rice Bowl grant allowed the MKC to offer small stipends to teens for managing the garden. It also supported a community dinner that served the garden’s harvest and a container gardening workshop that showed that growing food is both easy and fun.

New Covenant Community Development Corporation

1111 S. Homan Ave, Chicago IL 60624

New Covenant provides entrepreneur and small business development and training to the economically challenged North Lawndale community, helping to spur and support economic development. This inspires, empowers, and equips low-income aspiring business owners to improve their own social and economic situations.

Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry - Healthy Foods Initiative

848 Lake St., Oak Park, IL 60301

Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry provides hunger relief to residents in 12 Cook County zip codes.  In 2014, nearly 46,000 individuals received over 720,000 pounds of food from the Food Pantry.

Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry also builds hunger awareness and education through partnerships with community institutions, and advocates for systemic anti-hunger policy and initiatives at local, state and federal levels.

Service Hours:
Saturdays: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
1st Wednesday: 7:00PM - 8:30PM
2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Wednesday: 3:30PM - 5:00PM

Training Required:
Fill out the volunteer form (click here). Orientation Sessions held 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Food Pantry, 7:00-8:15 pm

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish

708 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago IL 60657

Volunteers from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Chicago serve the “least of our brothers” by bringing breakfast, lunch and dinner to several shelters in the area including Sarah’s Circle, Marah’s Place for Women, Lincoln Park Community Shelter, Cornerstone Shelter and St. Paul’s Church. The food is purchased by the parish or the volunteers. On St. Joseph Day in March, Our Lady of Mount Carmel celebrates with St. Joseph's Table: a free lunch. Coat Day takes place in October when the parish offers lunch and free winter clothing. Our Lady of Mount Carmel volunteers also visit nursing and retirement homes on a regular basis.

Our Lady of Sorrows - Saturday Morning Hot Breakfast

3121 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago IL 60612

Our Lady of Tepeyac Food Pantry

3047 W. Cermak Rd., Chicago, IL 60623

Volunteer Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 9:00 am to 4:40 pm
Training required: short, one-time session on how the pantry works

Our Lady of Tepeyac provides a full medical and social service pantry. They offer HIV and Hepatitis C screening as well as blood pressure and blood sugar testing. A benefit screener is present every Friday to enroll people in government services. The pantry also distributes diapers and infant formula, as well as clothes and shoes donated by the sharing parish each Friday.

Parenting for Non Violence

1919 S. Ashland Ave, Chicago IL 60608

P4NV empowers parents with the proven skills and techniques necessary for raising their children in emotionally healthy ways so that their children can survive and thrive personally, socially and academically in today’s world. P4NV strengthens youth, families and communities by building up parent-child relationships so that youth will discuss problems with their parents, commit to school learning, and engage and promote healthy beliefs, standards and peer relationships.

Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation Vocational Arts Carpentry Program

5114 S. Elizabeth St., Chicago IL 60609

Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation acts as a Restorative Justice Hub, providing an alternative to sentencing for court-involved youth that promotes peace and healing through peace circles. 

Inspired by Fr. Greg Doyle of L.A.'s Homeboy Industries, who says, "Nothing stops a bullet life a job," the Vocation Arts program will provide part time employment to young men in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, while allowing them to develop the technical and life skills needed to obtain and maintain jobs.

Sacred Heart Church Food Pantry

819 N. 16th Ave, Melrose Park IL 60160

The Sacred Heart Parish community includes Melrose Park and Maywood. The Food Pantry provides food to members of the community whose needs stem from low income, catastrophic illness, unemployment and life events.  The pantry ensures these individuals and families are able to feed themselves and their families.

Service Hours: Saturday mornings

St. Anthony Hospital - Wellness that Works

Participants of the Wellness that Works session held at the former Blessed Sacrament Rectory in the summer of 2015.

Participants of the Wellness that Works session held at the former Blessed Sacrament Rectory in the summer of 2015.

2875 W. 19th St, Chicago IL 60623

Saint Anthony Hospital’s Wellness that Works program increases the knowledge of good nutrition and the benefits of physical activity among adults of the North Lawndale community. The program helps adults lead healthier lifestyles.

Wellness that Works has held four, 12-class sessions over the last 10 months, reaching a total of 40 adults. Saint Anthony’s parish nurse leads the two-hour classes that include lectures, discussions, demonstrations, question-and-answer sessions, physical activities, and health screenings. Graduates of Wellness that Works receive a six-month membership to the Lawndale Christian Fitness Center.

St. Ailbe Emergency Food Pantry

9015 S. Harper Ave, Chicago IL 60619

This year's CRS Rice Bowl Grant will allow St. Ailbe to replace the technology for their intake system, significantly improving processing time for clients. This is important because many clients are responsible for children and other family members who need their care, and may need to pay for care providers while they come to the pantry.

During the next year, St. Ailbe will evaluate their process timing and quality to ensure their clients have the most efficient, quality experience possible.

St. Gall District 9 Food Pantry

5511 S. Sawyer Ave, Chicago IL 60643

St. Gall Parish hosts one of the 44 St. Vincent DePaul food pantries in Cook and Lake Counties, and has served the Gage Park and surrounding neighborhoods for more than 20 years. Volunteers from St. Barnabas partner with St. Gall’s parishioners in staffing and administering the pantry. The pantry serves more than 200 families each week; during the holidays, this number often exceeds 1,500 families.

Families gather at the St. Barnabas-St. Gall food pantry.

Families gather at the St. Barnabas-St. Gall food pantry.

St. Blase Food Pantry


In addition to serving as a food pantry, once a week a hot meal is provided to the pantry clients.

Volunteers at the food pantry participate in advocacy, traveling to Springfield to speak with State and Federal Senators and encourage them to improve funding and legislation that provides SNAP programs to reduce hunger.

To Volunteer: Get involved as a Catholic Charities volunteer at Volunteer Bridge.

ECHO Members care for their raised-bed gardens.

ECHO Members care for their raised-bed gardens.

St. Eulalia Community Helping Others (ECHO) - Community Garden

1845 S. 9th Ave, Maywood IL 60153

St. Eulalia parish has transformed their closed school into a vibrant community center that provides hunger relief, health, exercise and nutrition workshops to their diverse neighborhood and parish community--serving over 125 families each month. They also engage families in community gardening. 

This year, they will recuit many new volunteers and participants to plan, build a maintain a garden that will provide fresh fruits and vegetables for their food services, and education young people on nutrition. They will also collaborate with other community organizations to analyze the root causes of poverty in the area and propose solutions, partnering with key community hunger and wellness organizations.

St. Felicitas Food Pantry

1526 E. 84th St, Chicago IL 60619

The St. Felicitas parish food pantry has been serving the needs of the neighborhood for 23 years, expanding as needs grow to serve those outside the immediate community as well. The annual Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk brings the community together to fight hunger.

Service Hours:
3rd Saturday of each month
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

St. Irenaeus Community Garden

78 Cherry St, Park Forest, IL 60466

St. Irenaeus Community Garden provides fresh, seasonal produce to the 80-100 families who visit the parish food pantry each week. St. Irenaeus parishioners are joined by members of St. Liborius (Diocese of Joliet), St. Agnes, and St. Kieran parishes, as well as students from surround Catholic schools. Volunteers and guests gather for prayer and hospitality when they come to the garden.

St. Leonard Food Pantry

3318 Clarence Ave, Berwyn IL 60402

St. Leonard Parish is located in Berwyn--an economically diverse city. St. Leonard Food Pantry responds to those neighbors whose income does not suffice for all their nutritional needs. Food is provided to hundreds of low-income people or families who have suffered job loss, are in low-paying jobs, on Social Security Disability, or experiencing homelessness. At the same time the pantry provides an opportunity for parishioners who are blessed with resources to put their faith in action; sharing their time, talents, and treasure with their neighbors in need.

Service Hours: Tuesdays, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

St. Kateri Center - Wise Women Coming Together

3938 N. Leavitt St, Chicago IL 60618

St. Kateri Center, based in St. Benedict parish, Irving Park, is the Catholic Native American community of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

St. Kateri Center envisions a gathering place where women who are life givers and men can come together with good minds to pray together as a Native American community, and promote healing within and throughout the community. With help from the CRS Rice Bowl Grant, Kateri Center will found Wise Women Coming Together, a group that will combine Native American culture and practices, our Catholic faith, and  peace circles to foster an environment for peace and healing. 

St. Mary Parish - St. Vincent de Paul Society

10 N. Buffalo Grove Rd, Buffalo Grove IL 60089
847-541-1450 (ask for the St. Vincent de Paul Hotline)

St. Mary parish serves over 6,000 people each year, providing food, home visits, financial assistance, winter coats, and other needs. At Christmas, the parish participates in Giving Tree and Adopt a family programs.

Service Hours: 3rd Saturday of each month, 8:30 - 11:00 am

St. Rita of Cascia Food Pantry

6243 S. Fairfield Ave, Chicago IL 60629

St. Rita uses the CRS Rice Bowl funds to purchase Pete's Fresh Market gift cards to supplement the food provided through their food pantry, enabling clients to purchased other foods that they want or need.

Sts. Peter and Paul Food Pantry

12433 S. Halsted, Chicago IL 60620

Sts. Peter and Paul provides special food assistance during the Holidays, providing hams and turkeys for Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas.

The parish is looking for ways they can expand this service year-round. THey are planning a community garden and considering the possibility of a community-based farmers market.

St. Philip Neri/Our Lady of Peace Food Service

2132 E. 72nd St, Chicago IL 60649

St. Philip Neri/Our Lady of Peace Food Service provides for the needs of the South Shore neighborhood, an area where many food pantries have closed.

St. Sabina / Catholic Charities Social Services Center

1120 W. 79th St, Chicago IL 60620

Service hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

To Volunteer: Get involved as a Catholic Charities volunteer at Volunteer Bridge.

The St. Sabina center serves as a community based social service agency which provides concrete assistance to meet the basic human needs of individuals and families whose lives have been disrupted by unplanned events such as a domestic crisis, fire, unemployment, relocation or who for any reason are in need of emergency food and/ or clothing.

St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr Food Pantry

17500 S. 84th Ave, Tinley Park IL 60487

St. Stephen parish responds to the various needs of community members through thier St. Vincent de Paul Society. When a family requests assistance, volunteers conduct a site visit to evaluate their needs holistically, then the society provides financial assitance as possible. Their mission is always to treat families with dignity and respect, and respond to their needs in a way that allows them to remain together and safe. When the parish cannot provide a family's needs, they assist them in identifying other area agencies that can provide assistance.

St. Stephen Protomartyr Backpack Ministry

1267 Everett Ave, Des Plaines IL 60018

St. Stephen parish ensures that children in the community do not go hungry by partnering with school social workers to provide backpacks of food to children receiving free school lunches. This food ensures children are well-fed on the weekends. Social workers provides ongoing feedback to St. Stephen volunteers so they can adequately responds to the needs of each child.

St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen

1010 W. Webster Ave, Chicago IL 60614

Guests share a meal at St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen

Guests share a meal at St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen

The vision of the St. Vincent DePaul Outreach Commission is to provide for those in need with hope and self-esteem in a safe, caring environment. We rely entirely on the generosity and kindness of individuals to support our efforts. In addition to financial support that is always needed, there are other ways to help advance our ministry. 

Donations of supplies are always needed as well as volunteers to join our team. Our Ongoing activities include: Daily Sandwich Window ; Weekly Food Pantry; Monthly Special Meals; Quarterly Assembly of Hygiene Materials; Christmas Gift Program ; Holiday Food Drives; Seasonal Collection of Gloves, Hats and Socks; Annual School Supply Drive; and Annual Hunger Walk participation.

A Zacchaeus House guest on his college graduation day.

A Zacchaeus House guest on his college graduation day.

Zacchaeus House

12242 S. Parnell Ave, Chicago IL 60628

Founded by Bishop Joseph Perry and a group of Catholic Deacons in 2002, Zacchaeus House is a non-for profit, non-treatment residential facility, providing a faith to work home for men who are experiencing homelessness and in transition. The ministry is staffed and supported by Catholic Deacons and Deacon Candidates, with their wives from the Archdiocese of Chicago with an emphasis on spiritual development, church attendance and developing life skills.

Residents are guided towards God’s grace and merciful acceptance of them, recovery of self-esteem and recognition of the fundamental dignity of all human life. Residents live at Zacchaeus House for up to two years while they work towards independent living by finding jobs, learning trades or going back to school. All residents work one on one with their own Deacon mentor and meet with the House Director to develop goals and life skills.  

Zacchaeus provides for a safe and secure environment, food, clothing, order, and peace while offering opportunities for sharpening life skills, learning and working on basic health care and spiritual maturity towards achieving responsible and independent living. Each Zacchaeus House guest is accompanied throughout his time of transition, even as he moves into his apartment. He is supported with essential needs such as bus cards, food gift cards and emergency financial support as he regains full self-sufficiency.