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Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official overseas relief and development agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. CRS works to ease human suffering and promote justice around the world. In the United States, CRS educates Catholics about global solidarity.

The Diocese of Little Rock CRS office helps raise awareness of the work of CRS and provides them with fundraising support. Our diocese currently is most involved in CRS Rice Bowl, which takes place each Lent. Seventy-five percent of money collected through this program is sent to CRS to help support their work. The other 25 percent remains in the diocese to help fund Catholic Charities of Arkansas' Family Assistance Program.

Worldwide, CRS works in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Some areas of focus are improving community health, agricultural assistance, promoting greater access to good education, providing an emergency response during natural disasters and humanitarian crises, care for people with HIV/AIDS and peace building. Most CRS educational materials can be downloaded or ordered free of charge. Visit the CRS website to learn more.



Outreach Programs

CRS Rice Bowl — CRS Rice Bowl is a Lenten program that seeks to educate participants on issues faced by the poor in the developing world and to raise funds for CRS' overseas development projects. For more information, go to CRS Rice Bowl.


Ethical Trade — The Ethical Trade program ensures that small-scale artisans and farmers overseas earn a fair price for their work. For more information, go to CRS Ethical Trade.


Food Fast — Targeted for grades 8-12, Food Fast educates youth on Catholic Social teaching and the reality of severe inequalities in resource allocation. For more information, go to CRS Food Fast.


CRS Collection — This national collection is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent and raises funds for Catholic Relief Services and other organizations of the Catholic Church. For more information, go to the Special Collections.


Recent Updates

The season of Lent is marked by many traditions among Catholics in the United...