Prep achieves largest Thanksgiving food drive ever, joining Tri-State Jesuit schools in the Great Ignatian Challenge
CLICK PHOTO TO VIEW SLIDESHOW. Prep students helped to fill multiple transport vans for ABCD (Action for Bridgeport Community Development).
The Great Ignatian Challenge food drive held at Fairfield Prep in 2017 proved to be a rousing success, with thousands of food items and daily essentials donated to local charities.
In total, Prep students and their families collected approximately 11,500 items. This total amount is more than double previous years' efforts.
The donated items were loaded into trucks going to three local charities:
- Action for Bridgeport Community Development (ABCD)
- The Church of the Blessed Sacrament food pantry
- Operation Hope.
The Great Ignatian Challenge — which ran from Oct. 16 to Nov. 17, 2017 — was a friendly but spirited competition between six Jesuit schools in the Tri-State area. The goal: See who can amass the most food over the 30-day period.
Prep joined with five other Jesuit high schools in the Tri-State area in a friendly but spirited competition to see who could amass the most food over a 30-day period for donations to needy families for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Great Ignatian Challenge ran from October 16 to November 17, 2017. The schools included Fairfield Prep, Fordham Prep, Regis High School, Xavier High School and Saint Peter's Prep.
The collective results are not fully tallied, but needless to say, the drive was an incredible success.
An anonymous donor who was inspired by the existing Thanksgiving food drives at each school pledged up to $250,000 for tuition assistance at the six participating schools. Prep hopes to gain a share of this toward our financial aid needs.
The overall goal of the Challenge was 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.