Hunger Issues

We’ve heard much about the global increase for energy, poor harvests, weakened credit and other issues, that have all led to a global food crisis. As a people concerned for those impacted most severely, what should be our response? Operation Rice Bowl plus other Catholic Relief Services hunger resources provide us a compelling, educational and prayerful way to get involved.

Food Fast

Food Fast Website
Food Fast is CRS 24-hour hunger awareness program. While designed for high school youth, there are a number of activities and learning modules available that would fit easily into a campus ministry environment.  Focusing on global poverty and justice, Food Fast provides an experience of solidarity with our brothers and sisters overseas, living our faith, and joining together in community to create lasting change in the world. You can download or order your free Food Fast Resources via the website.

Food Fast Friday Retreat
This twilight retreat takes 24 hours worth of Food Fast activities and materials, and pulls out the best stuff for a 3 hour university retreat. Try it out on your campus!

Journey Against Hunger
This video takes viewers on a journey with three communities in Niger who are involved in long-term action to ensure food security. It is a great introduction to what food security is all about. View the video online, or order your free DVD and download the discussion guide today.

The World on Campus Hunger

From Renew International and CRS, here is a reflection tool for small faith sharing groups that opens up a discussion of hunger and food security through scripture, prayer and Catholic social teaching.

Operation Rice Bowl

Operation Rice Bowl was launched in the Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania for Lent in 1975 as an ecumenical response to the problem of world hunger. Families were asked to sacrifice a meal each Wednesday and bring the savings to their place of worship each weekend.

Today, millions of Catholics in more than 14,600 parishes, schools and other faith communities across the United States use Operation Rice Bowl as a means to participate in the work of Catholic Relief Services and to assist our brothers and sisters in need around the world.

Operation Rice Bowl embraces the themes of Lent and invites participants to pray with their families and faith communities, fast in solidarity with those who are hungry, learn about our brothers and sisters around the world, and give sacrificial contributions to the poor.

Each Lent, college communities across the United States participate in Operation Rice Bowl. Here are four ways to live out your Lent.

1. Ash Wednesday Kick-Off

Mark the beginning of Lent by distributing Operation Rice Bowl materials at your communitys Ash Wednesday Mass. Visit the Operation Rice Bowl website to order free materials or to download the interactive Stations of the Cross.

2. Daily Calendars

Use the Operation Rice Bowl Home Calendar Guide for daily reflections, stories and recipes from CRS projects overseas.

3. Share a Simple Meal

Bring together your family on campus and share a simple meal using the meatless recipes from the ORB countries featured in the Home Calendar Guide.

4. Join the ORB Online Community

Join the ORB Online Community and receive weekly emails with a more in-depth reflection on our call as Catholics to live in solidarity with the worlds poor.