As part of the 2018 Great Ignatian Challenge, in partnership with our fellow Jesuit high schools, the Prep community donated 16,535 pounds of food for St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and St. Patrick & Assumption/All Saints Parish, both in Jersey City. That’s a 50% increase over last year’s total, and easily topped both the initial 12,000 lb. goal and the 15,000 lb. “reach” goal for the Thanksgiving food drive.
A series of “challenge days” invited students to donate a particular food item (e.g. cereal) on a particular day for a chance to win a prize, leading to an in-person donation total of 2,376 pounds. More than 14,000 pounds of food, meanwhile, were donated online through YouGiveGoods, which delivers the food items directly to the food banks. These items were contributed not only by students, but by various other members of the Prep family – including alumni, parents, and faculty and staff – reflecting the commitment to service that unites us as one community in the Ignatian tradition of generosity.
The results of the interscholastic challenge are still pending as other schools finalize their totals, but in addition to feeding hungry families this Thanksgiving season, Prep met one other goal that was near to the hearts of many students: Mr. Morris pledged to wear a turkey costume to school on the day before Thanksgiving if we could meet the 15,000 lb. reach goal, and sightings throughout the day have demonstrated that Prep’s dean of students is indeed a man of his word!