Organizations awarded grants from CCHD/CRS Rice Bowl collection


By Kathy McCoy
The CCHD/CRS Rice Bowl Board met at St. Patrick Parish in Iowa City June 27 to review grant requests for the 25 percent local share of these two annual diocesan collections.  Between the two collections, about $50,000 was raised in the diocese.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection is taken up in November. The local share available for distribution within the diocese was $9,500. CCHD funds are given to nonprofit organizations that are working for long-term changes for a more just society. The following organizations were approved for grant funds:
• $4,500 to Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa for a laptop computer, photocopier, leadership training and website development
• $5,000 to Quad Cities Interfaith to help with costs for a full-time organizer and local and regional trainings
The Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl campaign takes place during the Lenten season. This collection supports the development work of CRS to confront hunger and poverty in nearly 100 countries around the world.  The local share available for distribution within the diocese was $12,375.  Grants are awarded to nonprofit groups within the diocese that address hunger and poverty locally. The following groups received grants:
• $500 to Café on Vine, Davenport, to support hunger ministry
• $500 to Concerned Dewitt Citizens, Dewitt, to purchase food for food pantry
• $1,000 to Friendly House, Davenport, to purchase food for their holiday basket distribution
• $1,000 to Information, Referral, and Assistance Services (IR&AS), Clinton, to purchase food for two Clinton food pantries
• $500 to Ladies of Charity, Keokuk, to assist with food costs for Christmas basket project
• $1,400 to Project Renewal, Davenport, to purchase healthy snacks for an inner city after-school and summer youth programs
• $500 to Riverside Community Food Pantry, Riverside, to purchase food for food pantry
• $500 to Sacred Heart Community Meal Ministry, Newton,  to purchase food for a monthly free meal site program
• $1,000 to Society of St. Vincent De Paul, Burlington, to purchase food for food pantry
• $575 to Loaves and Fishes, St. Mary & Mathias Parish, Muscatine, to pay for supplies for a weekly free meal at a homeless shelter
• $500 to Saturday Kitchen, St. James Social Action Committee, Washington, for cost of providing free monthly meal
• $400 to St. Thomas More Catholic Church Social Justice Commission, Coralville, cost of food and supplies for monthly free meal site
• $1,000 to The Diversity Service Center of Iowa, Muscatine, for cost of food and expenses of free minority senior meal program
• $900 to Helping Hands Food Pantry, Knoxville, to purchase food for food pantry
• $800 to The Lord’s Cupboard of Jefferson County, Fairfield, to fund LOAF program to help families with food vouchers and food items during the summer months when children are not in school
• $800 to The Lord’s Cupboard of Appanoose County, Centerville, to purchase food for food pantry
• $500 to Victory Center Ministries, Clinton, to help with food costs for feeding homeless.

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