Six Jesuit high schools from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut announced the second annual Great Ignatian Challenge, a friendly but spirited Thanksgiving food drive competition to raise awareness of hunger in their communities while filling local food banks and pantries with tens of thousands of pounds of much-needed provisions for needy families. The Great Ignatian Challenge began on October 16 and will run until November 17.
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.
The participating schools – 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); 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 88,000 pounds of food.