More than 40 years ago, U.S. Catholics wanted to respond to famine in Africa. That was the beginning of “Operation Rice Bowl,” created by Catholic Relief Services as a Lenten program for American families and faith communities who want to put their faith into action.

Today, the CRS Rice Bowl is a tradition for millions of Catholics who recognize that the Lenten pillars of praying, fasting and almsgiving can change the lives of others while enriching their own.

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