Catholic Relief Services

"Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas."


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The Catholic Charities Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) carries out the commitment of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to assist the poor and vulnerable people overseas, to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person.  


Motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Catholic social and moral teaching, Catholic Relief Services acts to:

  • Promote human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies: and,
  • Serve Catholics in the United States to live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world

As part of the universal mission of the Catholic Church, Catholic Relief Services works with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, not creed, race or nationality. 

Although this mission is rooted in the Catholic faith, its operations serve people based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion, or ethnicity. Within the United States, CRS engages Catholics to live their faith in solidarity with the poor and suffering of the world and in uprooting the unjust structures that perpetuate poverty, conflict and inequality.

A portion of the funds collected through Operation Rice Bowl remain within the diocese and are given through grants to local outreach programs at our diocesan parishes.


Local CRS Grant Opportunities
Each year 25% of the funds collected within the Diocese of Palm Beach through Operation Rice Bowl are used for local outreach. In 2012, local food pantries/soup kitchens that received CRS grants in 2012: Holy Name of Jesus, West Palm Beach and Matthew 25:35 Ministry at St. Martin de Porres, Jensen Beach, which has both a soup kitchen and a Martin Kids program.

The application-period for CRS grants occurs in the early fall. You may contact this ministry to be placed on a list for those who wish to receive information when an application-period opens.

There will be a second round of applications offered in late 2013. Those applications will be due on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. To receive an application, please contact this ministry or you may complete the application online (hyperlink to form/to be created). 


Catholics Confront Global Poverty
Catholics Confront Global Poverty is an initiative of the USCCB and CRS that calls on Catholics to defend the life and dignity of people living in poverty throughout the world, and to urge our nation to act in response to the many faces of poverty through advocacy and action. It was created in February 2009 to motivate Catholics in the United States to shape U.S. foreign policy through prayer, education and advocacy based on their faith and their concern for poor and vulnerable people worldwide.

For more information on this program, please visit our Helpful Links page


Fair Trade
The CRS Fair Trade Program creates opportunities to bring the values of our faith to bear in the marketplace, and to make consumer choices that help lift our brothers and sisters around the world out of poverty. CRS works in partnership with 15 fair trade partners to bring fair trade handcrafts, coffee and chocolate to thousands of communities across the United States. By purchasing fair trade products, you help to alleviate poverty and promote the common good. Fair Trade respects human dignity, promotes the common good, advances economic justice, empowers disadvantaged people and cultivates global solidarity.

Catholic Charities Parish Social Ministry encourages others to consider hosting Catholic Relief Services (CRS) FAIR TRADE consignment sale in your parish, school or ministry group. These sales can be used for fundraisers.

For more information visit CRS Fair Trade’s website or contact this ministry.


Catholic Charities

9995 North Military Trail
P.O. Box 109650
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410
Phone: 561-775-9560
Fax: 561-625-5906 Contact Us