By Kathy McCoy
Catholic parishes and schools in the Davenport Diocese collected $44,235 this year during Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Operation Rice Bowl campaign. This Lenten collection supports the development work of CRS to confront hunger and poverty in more than 100 countries throughout the world.
Twenty-five percent of the collection is retained by the Davenport Diocese and distributed through a grant process to local organizations that address hunger and poverty.
On June 28, the Diocesan Catholic Campaign for Human Development/Catholic Relief Services Board met at St. Patrick Parish in Iowa City and approved grants for the following nonprofit groups:
• Asbury United Methodist Church, Bettendorf, $500 for garden ministry to provide fresh produce to local pantries
• Café on Vine, Davenport, $400 for meal program
• Concerned DeWitt Citizens, DeWitt, $500 for food pantry and emergency assistance
• Emma Cornelis Hospitality House, Fort Madison, $500 for food and shelter for homeless
• Friendly House, Davenport, $750 for food for holiday baskets
• Information, Referral & Assistance Services, Clinton, $1,400 for food for two area food pantries
• Project Renewal, Davenport, $1,400 for healthy snacks for summer youth program
• Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport, $800 for expenses in cleaning used clothing
• Sacred Heart Catholic Community, Newton, $1,000 for monthly free meal for the hungry
• Loaves and Fishes, Muscatine, $700 for food and supplies for weekly free meal site
• St. James Social Action Committee, Washington, $600 for weekly free meal site
• St. Mary Church, Centerville, $600 for community summer lunch program
• St. Thomas More Social Action Commission, Coralville, $400 for weekly free meal program for homeless
• Diversity Service Center of Iowa, Muscatine, $850 for food expenses for bi-monthly meal site for minority seniors
• The Lord’s Cupboard of Jefferson Co., Fairfield, $600 to support the LOAF program to give food vouchers to low-income families with school children during the summer months.
One grant was awarded from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) collection. CCHD grants go to nonprofit organizations that are working toward a more just society. Quad Cities Interfaith, Davenport, received a $5,000 grant for organizing and training costs.