Help our students as we fight food insecurity and help our neighbors in NEPA. It’s our biggest challenge yet…the Great Ignatian Challenge!
Created by Fordham Prep alumnus, Jim Rowen, this food drive Challenge highlights the collective service power and generosity among 20 participating Jesuit high schools around the country. Since 2016, the number of participating schools has grown and over 1.4 million pounds of food has been collected and distributed across local area food banks, community centers, and aid organizations. The goal of this Great Ignatian Challenge is to shine a light on the food insecurity that so many of our NEPA neighbors face. More than 800 million people live every day with hunger or food insecurity as their constant companions. With your help, we can change that here in Northeastern Pennsylvania
This year, Scranton Prep will join the Challenge with our “Fill the Field” event. For the next four weeks, we will be attempting to raise over 100 pounds of food per student. We’ll do this online, through our alumni, families, friends, students…and through you! On November 21, 2023, Scranton Prep’s students, teachers, administrators, and staff will attempt to “Fill the Field”, Loyola Field, with our non-perishable food contributions, filling trucks that will make their way to our various regional partners –NEPA Youth Shelter, Friends of the Poor, St. Francis Food Pantry, Ronald McDonald House, Bread Basket, United Neighborhood Centers, Seven Loaves Food Kitchen, Boys and Girls Club of Scranton, and the list goes on.
For the past 2 years, we’ve been among the top schools-raising over 100 pounds of food per student. That’s more than 75,000 pounds of food. The real winners, however, were the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Over70 TONS of food has been raised and distributed in NEPA thanks to you. Though our students are raising much of the food themselves, we need your help to make this a success again this year. To make a food contribution, click the link
You can make a food donation directly to our families in need…whether you want to help with breakfast, lunch, dinner or a whole week. This link lets you buy food directly from our food partner Schiff’s Food Services.You can also email us at [email protected] or call 570-941-7743.
Check out our Instagram @thegreatignatianchallenge to follow our progress throughout October and November. 100% of the monetary donations made to the food drive will be used to shop for food items requested by our partner charities. All food and money raised will directly benefit Northeastern Pennsylvania residents and charity partners.
Check out our Media Coverage last year and help us win again!
This year $2 from every pie sold will go directly to purchasing food for local charities by Prep students to support their efforts in fighting food insecurity. The GREAT IGNATIAN Challenge is a yearly competition among Jesuit high schools to see which institution can bring in the most food donations for local charities.
Thank you in advance for supporting Scranton Prep students in fighting food insecurity. Happy Thanksgiving!
Order your pies online through the link below now until Monday, November 22. Pies will be ready to pick-up on Tuesday, November 23 from 2pm-4pm in Prep’s dining hall.
We are going by pounds per student in each homeroom. There will be a homeroom winner in each grade level by the end of the week. Those homerooms will win a swag bag, an exclusive Great Ignatian Challenge t-shirt & a Krispy Kreme breakfast.
Week 3 Challenge
This week we want to target specific items on our charity’s wish lists. The Grocery List contains 20 specific items that they need.
For every 5 different items you bring in, your name will be entered into a raffle. If you bring in all 20 items, you will get 4 raffle tickets. 3 winners will be pulled on Tuesday, Nov 2nd; 3 more on Thursday, Nov 4; and 3 final on Friday, Nov 5th. The winners could win a Free Dress Down, a Get Out of Jug Card, or a free cafeteria lunch voucher. Donations will be collected and inspected in the front lobby 7:45am-8:10am by Mr. Placke and Ms. Farrell to be entered into the raffle.
Week 2 Challenge
Details of Week 2 Challenge:
Grade level vs. grade level
Bringing the cans/nonperishable food item to your homeroom
The grade level that brings in the most cans/food will win
The grade level will win a Pizza Party on the field with games (cornhole, Kan-Jam, spike ball, etc)
This will take place Tuesday, November 2nd with a rain date of Wednesday, November 3rd;
During 4th and 5th periods (11am-12pm)
Collectively the school must collect 1,000 cans this week