As Thanksgiving approaches, the McQuaid community is joining in on the Great Ignatian Challenge. The challenge is a friendly food drive competition among nine Jesuit schools. The challenge, now in its fifth year, seeks to raise students’ awareness of hunger and inspire them to take action by working to fill their local food banks, pantries, and community centers with tens of thousands of pounds of much-needed provisions.
Last year, the schools participating in the Great Ignatian Challenge collected and distributed more 137,632 pounds of food. Fordham Prep alumnus, Jim Rowen, will once again personally pledge $250,000 to support the schools’ efforts. While in prior years the monies have been allocated to supporting financial assistance programs, this year Mr. Rowen has asked that the awards be applied towards offsetting COVID-19 related expenses incurred by each of the schools.
Donations can be made both in person and online.
In person: Food can be brought in for two weeks – November 9 – November 20
Donations accepted: canned beans, tuna, peanut butter, jelly (no glass jars), canned vegetables, canned fruit, tomato products, soup, broths and pasta are accepted
Online: https://yougivegoods.com/mcquaid-2020 November 1 – November 25
All donations will go to Foodlink, a Rochester food bank that distributes nearly 20 million pounds of food annually to a network of nonprofit partners.