| Apply now for grants to feed hungry
Applications are being accepted for the 2015 Rice Bowl grants, provided from funds from the annual Lenten donations to the Catholic Relief Services program. While 75 percent of funds collected support projects to alleviate hunger around the globe, 25 percent stay in the diocese.
Last December, 32 groups that feed the hungry in Alameda and Contra Costa counties shared $20,000, with individual grants ranging from $500 to $850. They stocked food pantries, put meat on the table at dinners for the homeless and allowed third-graders at All Saints School in Hayward to make sandwiches for the poor.
Twenty groups affiliated with the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Alameda and Contra Costa counties were among last year's recipients.
Grant requests of up to $1,000 will be considered. Priority for Rice Bowl funds will be given to programs that are supported primarily by community-based funding, such as from churches and small individual donations.
In addition to soup kitchens and food pantries, organizations that address the root causes of hunger are also eligible.
Organizations' activities must be consistent with Catholic moral and social teaching and with 501(c)3 rules regarding partisan political activity.
The application is available online www.cceb.org/about-us/catholic-relief-services. For further information or to request an application by mail or email, contact Marc McKimmey, CRS diocesan coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-768-3176.
The deadline to submit completed applications is Sept. 15.
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