The St. Paul Haiti Committee learned that we can buy rice in Haiti at a lower cost than shipping it from Michigan. We can provide 49% more rice to the hungry families of our partner parishes for each dollar spent, while using our parish contributions toward building the Haitian economy. During Masses on the last weekend of September, the Bucks for a Bag initiative collects money to purchase bags of rice. If we were to buy rice in the U.S. and ship to Port de Paix: Cost of a 50 pound bag of rice (Sam’s Club) $15.34 Cost of shipping from Grand Rapids to Port de Paix $15.00 (low estimate) Total $30.34  (61 cents/pound) If you buy in Port de Paix: Cost of a 55 pound bag of rice (Port de Paix) 950 Goude/$23.54 (43 cents/pound) Donations can be made to the Haiti Fund or Bucks for a Bag through the Parish Office anytime.

St. Paul the Apostle Church