Groups get $12,000 in CCHD/CRS grants

Grants worth $12,000 have been awarded within the Diocese of Davenport from money collected through the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Operation Rice Bowl.

The Davenport Diocese’s CCHD/CRS board met June 25 at St. Mary Church in Lone Tree to determine recipients of the 25 percent local share from the two collections, said Kathy McCoy, the diocese’s Operation Rice Bowl coordinator. Grants are distributed to organizations within the diocese that conform to Catholic Church teachings, she noted.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) grants are awarded to local groups working toward long-term change for a just society. Recipients are:

• Quad Cities Interfaith, Davenport, $6,000 for a Leadership Training Institute featuring speaker Greg Galluzzo of the Gamaliel Foundation.

• Our Lady of Victory youth ministry, Davenport, $1,500 for supplies and publicity cost for the Car Wash for Humanity project.

Operation Rice Bowl grants are awarded to organizations that provide direct service to alleviate poverty and hunger in the diocese. The Operation Rice Bowl Campaign, a project of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) collected $50,261 during Lent; $12,308 is being distributed to 13 nonprofit organizations in the diocese:

• Appanoose County Lord’s Cupboard of Centerville, $500 to purchase food for emergency food pantry 

• Café on Vine, Davenport, $1,000 for operating costs

• Friendly House, Davenport, $1,000 for holiday meal basket distribution

• Information Referral & Assistance Service, Clinton, $1,500 for financial support of Pantries United Network

• Marquette Academy, Davenport, $500 for kitchen supplies

• Helping Hands of Monroe County, Albia, $100 for support of food pantry

• Monroe County Leisure Lounge, Albia, $100 for support of senior meal program

• Project Renewal, Davenport, $2,508 for purchase of nutritious snacks for after-school program

• Loaves and Fishes, Muscatine, $500 for supplies and meat for free meal site

• Helping Hands Food Pantry, Knoxville, $2,000 for support and renovation of new food pantry facility

• St. Mary parishes, Lone Tree and Nichols, $900 for a portion of the expense of providing hot meals to senior parishioners

• The Diversity Service Center, Muscatine, $1,200 for support of a bi-monthly meal site for Hispanic seniors

• Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church/Hunger Ministry, Davenport, $500 for purchasing meat for Salvation Army meal preparation.

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