The devoted of the Catholic church welcomed the chance to attend a mass after almost three months praying and listening to ceremonies from home via social media.
A food bank program and social services of the city launched the campaign under the hashtag #MesaSemFome (#TableWithoutHunger)
At least four people have died and hundreds affected by heavy rains that have been lashing Rio de Janeiro since Saturday, causing severe floods.
While the cities government official carnival only opens on January 12, carnival revellers attended more than 20 "blocos" or carnival street parties.
French judges have dropped charges against Air France and Airbus over a mid-Atlantic plane crash in 2009 that killed all 228 people on board, blaming the pilots for losing control of the plane.
Brazilian police killed at least 13 suspected drug traffickers on Friday in a shootout in Rio de Janeiro.
Rescuers in Brazil are searching for survivors of a mudslide in Rio state that has left at least ten people dead including a child
Brazilian President Michel Temer has signed a decree giving the country's military full control of security in Rio de Janeiro in response to rising drug gang violence.
Honouring fallen police officers in Rio, one of the most violent cities in Latin America
Despite funding cuts, local media estimate that 800,000 people gathered on Copacabana beach for the annual event.
The body of a Humpback whale that was saved over the weekend has turns up dead on a beach in Rio de Janeiro
Brazil has stepped up security in Rio de Janeiro amid a rise in violence by organised crime gangs.
Brazilian oil and mining magnate Eike Batista has left a Rio de Janeiro jail for house arrest ahead of a trial on corruption charges.
At least a dozen people have been injured, one seriously, following a float crash at Rio de Janeiro’s world famous carnival parade.
Rio de Janeiro’s annual samba extravaganza got into full swing on Saturday in typical style.
Organisers promised the Rio de Janeiro Olympics would bring long-term benefits to the Brazilian city and its residents.