Prep launches Thanksgiving 'Great Ignatian Challenge' Food Drive

After shattering our food drive goal last year, Fairfield Prep is once again joining fellow Jesuit high schools in the Great Ignatian Challenge to raise awareness of hunger in our communities, while filling local food banks and pantries with thousands of pounds of much-needed provisions in this year of unprecedented hardships.  

Prep is one of nine Jesuit schools from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut participating in a friendly but spirited competition, which runs from October 22 to November 25. The schools compete to see who can amass the highest number of food items per student in the month-long drive. Last year, the schools participating in The Great Ignatian Challenge collected and distributed over 137,632 pounds of food. Over the past four years, The Great Ignatian Challenge has collected and distributed 218 TONS of food!

Fordham Prep alumnus Jim Rowen will once again personally pledge funds, this year $250,000, to support the schools’ efforts. The nine schools will compete for tiered awards based on criteria identified by Mr. Rowen, including the most amount of food collected per student. Awards earned by the schools will be earmarked for COVID-related expenses.

To maintain COVID safety, Prep will be conducting our Food Drive ONLINE ONLY by purchasing goods through our donation page on the website Each student is requested to donate 20 items to reach our goal.

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In 2019, Prep students and their families collected over 21,000 items, shattering previous years' efforts. The items, will be donated to four local charities: Action for Bridgeport Community Development (ABCD), The Church of the Blessed Sacrament food pantry, Bridgeport Rescue Mission and Kolbe Cathedral School families.

About the Great Ignatian Challenge

A Jesuit school alumnus and donor, inspired by the Jesuit mission of being "Men for Others," initiated the "Challenge" by pledging thousands of dollars to support the participating schools. The "Challenge" is intended to highlight the collective service power and generosity among the Jesuit high schools in the area.

This year the participating schools are Fairfield College Preparatory School (Fairfield, CT) Fordham Preparatory School (The Bronx); Loyola School (Manhattan); Regis High School (Manhattan), Saint Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, NJ); Xavier High School (Manhattan); McQuaid Jesuit (Rochester, NY); Canisius High School (Buffalo); and St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, PA). The schools are sponsored by the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and 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."
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