Food Pantries

Parish Pantry Support Project

No one should go hungry. During the COVID-19 pandemic, and with school closures, job disruptions, and health risks, millions of Americans have turned to food banks for much-needed support. Before the pandemic, 64 parishes of the Archdiocese of Washington served more than 7,500 people per week at an estimated monthly cost of at least $92,000.

Since the onset of the pandemic, three additional parishes established food pantries. The total number of people served has grown to more than 15,000 at an estimated monthly cost of more than $200,000 per month.

Gifts to the Parish Pantry Support Project helps replenish parish food pantries and sustain newly opened pantries where demand has skyrocketed this year.

CRS Rice Bowl

Parishioners and students participate each year in CRS Rice Bowl, the Lenten spirituality program of Catholic Relief Services, to deepen their spiritual practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The CRS Rice Bowl program provides tangible assistance to our brothers and sisters in need.

Contributions to CRS Rice Bowl provides clean drinking water and training for farmers in sustainable agriculture, as well as promotes maternal and infant health, childhood education, and support small business owners. A portion of contributions to CRS Rice Bowl stays in our communities to support parish food pantries throughout the Archdiocese of Washington.

Learn more about how your parish or school can participate in CRS Rice Bowl for the Season of Lent at Contact the Archdiocese of Washington’s CRS Rice Bowl Coordinator at [email protected] or call (301) 512-1043.

Contact our CRS Rice Bowl Coordinator with questions at:

[email protected]