Food Fast Solidarity Panel tonight 5 pm in the Yehl Ballroom at Gannon University

Come join the Gannon CRS Ambassadors tonight at 5pm in the Yehl Ballroom as we talk about Food Security with some local Erie community members. Metz will be providing soup as students break their fast. Spread the word and bring all of your friends to tonights amazing program!

Thank you for your participation in CRS Food Fast. Tweet about your experiences @CRS_GU #foodfast!

5 Facts About Hunger

1.More than one billion people, or over one sixth of the planet’s population, are suffering from hunger. This number is greater than the populations of the United States, Canada and the European Union combined.

2.Malnutrition and diseases related to hunger cause about six in ten childhood deaths in developing countries, or approximately five million per year.

3.The first Millennium Development Goal targets the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, with the aim of halving the proportion of people suffering from hunger by 2015, but progress has been very slow towards achieving this goal.

4.Enough food is produced globally to feed everyone, but many people are hungry because they lack land to grow food or money to purchase it.

5.Vitamin and mineral deficiencies have been termed “hidden hunger” which affects health, growth, developmental and educational outcomes.


Clean Water and Clean Hands Save Lives

As we celebrate our efforts here at Gannon University, we want to also share the CRS story for this year’s World Water Day. Read more about our efforts and water conservation winner below. Enjoy the CRS video.

World Water Day has come officially come to an end, but our efforts continue on! Our official winner was West Hall! They conserved a total of 5.6% from the previous week. Our second place winners were Wehrle, whose residents conserved 3.3% of water from the previous week!

Thank you to all those who participated in our initiative to conserve and be in solidarity with people all around the world! We are really of appreciative of all the students who rose to the occasion. Understanding the importance of the water crisis and how it influences people around the world is crucial in integrating our own personal lives and understanding of Catholic Social Teaching. Access to clean, safe, dependable drinking water is a basic human right and reflects the importance of human dignity. Sanitation and disease in relation to water plays a great role in the lives of over 780 million people worldwide. It is through awareness of these issues that we can better help improve conditions for our brothers and sisters around the world!

Welcome to the Gannon CRS Ambassadors Operation Rice Bowl

Welcome to our Operation Rice Bowl Blog. This site has been created to help keep you up to date about our Rice Bowl efforts.

Please click on the different pages at the top of this page to read about the various initiatives we have going on at Gannon University in Erie, PA.

To read “About” what CRS and the CRS Rice Bowl is, click “About”

To read about the “Food Fast Initiative,” or the “Water Conservation Initiative,” please follow those page links.

To see how you can be involved and “Take Action Now,” definitely visit that page.

If you have any questions about these Lenten festivities, please email Lexie Mastro (, Shivali Singh (singh023), Meredith Gurksy (gursky001) or Paige Robinson (robinson025).