Canisius joined eight other Jesuit high schools from New York State, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania this fall for a friendly competition known as the fifth annual Great Ignatian Challenge. The Challenge is a holiday food drive competition intended 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 much-needed provisions.
Over the course of this year's drive Canisius collected nearly 12,000 pounds of food, thanks to students, their families, faculty, staff, alumni, and the greater Buffalo community who donated at the school's drop-off events or online.
An additional layer to the Great Ignatian Challenge is each participating school will earn a financial contribution, thanks to a private donor, to go toward COVID-related expenses and tuition assistance. Challenge organizers are currently determining the size of the contribution for each school based on the amount of food collected by each school.
As the only school representing the Buffalo area in this year Challenge, Canisius partnered with St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, an organization that helps people living on the margins in Buffalo. St. Luke’s is seeing a significant increase in the number of people needing help this holiday season due to the pandemic.
Thank you to all who participated in the 2020 Great Ignatian Challenge. Canisius, and the greater Buffalo area, are truly communities of “Men and Women for Others”!
Click the links below to see news coverage of the Great Ignatian Challenge.