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Prep to again take part in Great Ignatian Challenge food drive

If Prep reaches the goal of 20 items* per student, the school will be granted a holiday on the day after Superbowl, Mon., Feb. 4!

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Following a very successful food drive last year, Fairfield Prep is once again joining several area Jesuit schools in the Great Ignatian Challenge in 2018 to raise awareness of hunger in our communities while filling local food banks and pantries with tens of thousands of pounds of much-needed provisions for needy families.

Prep is one of six Jesuit schools from the New York metro area participating in a friendly but spirited competition, which runs from October 22 to November 19. The schools compete to see who can amass the highest number of food items in the 30-day period, with all proceeds going to local organizations that provide for those in need.

In 2017, Prep students and their families collected approximately 11,500 items, exceeding previous years' efforts. The items were then given to three local charities: Action for Bridgeport Community Development (ABCD), The Church of the Blessed Sacrament food pantry, and Operation Hope.

Prep will again donate all of the good collected to these three above charities.

Prep students can donate by bringing goods to school, or by purchasing goods through our donation page on the website

This is the third year of the Great Ignatian Challenge, and the second year with Prep included. A donor who was inspired by the existing Thanksgiving food drives at each school has pledged up to $250,000 for tuition assistance at the participating schools and has challenged donors from each school to also take part in the Challenge. Intended to further highlight the spirit of giving and generosity among the student bodies at Jesuit high schools in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, the donation will be divided among the schools based on the amount of food collected per student.

Download a PDF of
the bishop's statement.

The other participating schools are Fordham Preparatory School (The Bronx); Loyola School (Manhattan); Regis High School (Manhattan), Saint Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, NJ); and Xavier High School (Manhattan) – are sponsored by the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits).  Last year, the schools participating in The Great Ignatian Challenge collected and distributed over 102,000 pounds of food.
In a statement to Fairfield Prep, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano wrote about how he was proud of Prep students for participating in this challenge.
"May God bless you in this worthwhile act of service that brings you together in the name of Christ to feed the hungry," the bishop wrote in a statement. "I whole heartedly give my permission for you to beat all of the Jesuit high schools, including my beloved alma mater, St. Regis, in this most worthy and beautiful effort to raise awareness of hunger in our communities while filling local food banks and pantries."

The Challenge derives its name from the 16th-century saint, 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.

*No Ramen noodles please

News12 recently profiled the food drive.


View a slideshow of last year's food drives below.


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