Prep joins Tri-State Jesuit schools in Thanksgiving food drive competition
Fairfield Prep’s annual Thanksgiving food drive has a new twist in 2017.
This year, Prep is joining five other Jesuit high schools in the Tri-State area in a friendly but spirited competition to see who can amass the most food over a 30-day period for donations to needy families for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The competition is called The Great Ignatian Challenge, and it runs from October 16 to November 17, 2017. The six participating Jesuit schools include: Fairfield Prep in Connecticut; Fordham Prep, Loyola School, Regis High School and Xavier High School in New York City and Saint Peter’s Prep in New Jersey.
An anonymous donor who was inspired by the existing Thanksgiving food drives at each school has pledged up to $250,000 for tuition assistance at the six participating schools. The donation will be divided among the schools based on the amount of food collected per student.
Prep students can donate by bringing goods to school, or by purchasing goods through our donation page on the website yougivegoods.com.
Prep will be donating the food to the following charities:
- Action for Bridgeport Community Development (ABCD)
- The Church of the Blessed Sacrament food pantry
- Operation Hope.
The overall goal of the Challenge is to raise awareness of hunger in our communities while filling our local food banks and pantries with tens of thousands of pounds of provisions for needy families. Last year’s participating schools collectively raised more than 101,000 cans of food and are expected to surpass that total in the spirit of the Challenge.
The Challenge derives its name from 16th-century St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, who taught, "Love consists of sharing what one has and what one is with those one loves. Love ought to show itself in deeds more than in words." These six schools are putting those words into action.
A key component of a Jesuit education is caring for the wider community which allows students to gain first-hand knowledge of local, national, and global issues. Through service to the community, the students prepare for the day when they will participate in their world as competent, concerned, and responsible members who are committed to social justice.
The Prep guys who helped out at the 2016 Thanksgiving food drive.