Seven Jesuit High Schools to Compete in "The Great Ignatian Challenge" Food Drive
Nov. 6, 2019 — For the fourth year in a row, the Great Ignatian Challenge is bringing together Jesuit schools on the East Coast to help those in need. Fairfield Prep, Fordham Prep, Loyola School, Regis, Saint Joe's Prep, Saint Peter’s Prep and Xavier High School will engage in some friendly competition to see who can collect more food for the hungry.
Inspired by the students’ collective commitment to social justice, Fordham Prep alumnus Jim Rowen ’82 has
pledged up to $250,000 this year for tuition assistance at the
participating schools. The donation will be divided among the schools
based on the amount of food collected per student. Since the initiative
launched in 2016, Mr. Rowen has contributed more than $1M to the effort.
Rowen serves as chief operating officer at Renaissance Technologies, LLC, a New York-based registered investment adviser.
The overall goal of the Challenge is to raise awareness of hunger in our communities while filling our local food banks and pantries with tens of thousands of pounds of provisions for needy families. Over the past two years, the schools have jointly collected more than 150tons of food.
The schools are raising food for the following organizations:
Fairfield Prep (www.fairfieldprep.org) - Operation Hope of Fairfield (CT), Action for Bridgeport Community Development Inc. (ABCD) of Bridgeport (CT), Blessed Sacrament Parish of Bridgeport (CT)
Fordham Prep (www.fordhamprep.org) - Concourse House, Mercy Center, and Part of the Solution (P.O.T.S.), Our Lady of the Assumption Food Pantry
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