Fall is upon us, Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means it’s time for our annual Thanksgiving food drive! And once again we’ll be engaging in friendly competition with other area Jesuit high schools in The Great Ignatian Challenge!
From November 1 through the 22nd, students from Prep, Xavier High School, Loyola School, Regis High School, Fordham Prep, Fairfield Prep, and Saint Joseph’s Prep will compete to raise the most food donations for a food bank of their choice. This year, Prep is collecting donations for St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and St. Patrick & Assumption/All Saints Parish, both in Jersey City.
We’re setting our total goal at 25,000 pounds of food. “It’s an ambitious goal,” said Mr. John Dougherty, Prep’s director of campus ministry. “But I believe it’s a goal we can meet, and even exceed, if everyone – students, families, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni – get involved!“
The goal, first and foremost, is to provide food for our neighbors in need… but a little incentive never hurts! Once again, Mr. James Rowen, a member of Fordham Prep’s Class of 1982, has pledged up to $250,000 this year for tuition assistance at the participating schools, to be shared based on the amount of food each school collects per student. Since the initiative launched in 2016, Mr. Rowen has contributed more than $1M to the effort. In addition to this tuition support (making the Prep experience possible for future students), there will also be multiple intramural prizes. Campus Ministry will host several “Challenge Days” – days where students are encouraged to bring in a specific, much-needed item, and individual prizes will be raffled off. Other prizes will be announced as the Challenge continues.
This year, we will collect donations online through our YouGiveGoods Great Ignatian Challenge page, and on-campus in the Moriarty Science Center lobby. YouGiveGoods will deliver most of the donations directly to the organizations, but there will be opportunities for students and families to help sort, package, and deliver in-person donations.
Donations will be tallied according to class year (along with an additional category for faculty, staff, and alumni who would like to donate). Parents can donate to benefit their son’s class total.