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Prep shatters Thanksgiving Food Drive goal! 

The Fairfield Prep community donated more than 22,500 items to the Great Ignatian Challenge food drive for the Thanksgiving holiday, smashing the goal of 17,500 items.

The donations were given to three local charities: Action for Bridgeport Community Development (ABCD), The Church of the Blessed Sacrament food pantry, and Operation Hope.

Because Prep exceeded its goal, President Father Tom Simisky, S.J., declared Monday, Feb. 3 — the day after Super Bowl Sunday — a holiday!

Since 2017, Prep has participated in The Great Ignatian Challenge, a spirited competition with fellow Jesuit high schools in the New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia metro areas. The goal is to raise awareness of hunger in our communities while filling local food banks and pantries with tens of thousands of pounds of provisions for needy families. 

The other participating schools are Fordham Preparatory School (The Bronx); Loyola School (Manhattan); Regis High School (Manhattan), Saint Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, NJ);  Xavier High School (Manhattan): and St. Joseph Prep (Philadelphia). 

Fr. Skip Karscinski, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, thanks the Prep Community!

Prep thanks the Community for the success of the Thanksgiving Food Drive

About the Great Ignatian Challenge

This is the third year Prep has participated in the Great Ignatian Challenge. A generous donor, Mr. Jim Rowen, a Fordham Prep alumnus, again pledged up to $250,000 for tuition assistance at the participating schools, which will be distributed based on the collection results at each schools.

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.
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