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Great Ignatian Challenge Collects Over 68 Tons of Food
Posted 01/08/2020 02:36PM

Drum roll please! In a spectacular show of generosity, school spirit and commitment to community, Fordham Prep and six other Jesuit high schools concluded a friendly, but spirited holiday food drive competition, collecting 137,632 pounds of food that filled local food banks and pantries with much-needed provisions during the critical Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.  

Launched in early November, the Great Ignatian Challenge, included Fairfield Prep (Fairfield, CT), Loyola School, Regis High SchoolSaint Joseph’s Preparatory School (Philadelphia, PA); Saint Peter’s Prep, and Xavier High School

The Great Ignatian Challenge was created by Jim Rowen '82 in 2016 to put a spotlight on hunger in our communities. Inspired by the students’ collective commitment to social justice, Rowen has also contributed more than $1.1 M to support scholarship funds for needy students at each institution.


Rowen’s donations, including $350,000 this year, are divided among the schools based on the amount of food collected per student. He said, “St. Ignatius taught us that love speaks louder in deeds more than words. The students at these seven Jesuit schools embody Ignatian principles and beliefs. I am inspired by their commitment to be men for others.”

Since the Challenge began in 2016, the participating schools collectively amassed 218 tons of food! The food near 36,000 pounds of food collected by Fordham Prep went to five local Bronx charities: Part of the Solution (POTS), Mercy Center, Concourse House, Our Lady of Assumption Food Pantry (Bronx) and Jeanne Jugan Residence.

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