Cheverus’ Annual Turkey Drive Part of “The Great Ignatian Challenge” in 2022

PORTLAND---The much-loved Key Club Turkey Drive at Cheverus High School in Portland will not only provide a wonderful Thanksgiving meal to 400 local families in need this year but will also be a part of a national initiative aimed at highlighting the collective service power and generosity of 18 Jesuit high schools across the country.

The Key Club Turkey Drive at Cheverus is a weeks-long process that involves the collection of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, bread, milk, potatoes, vegetables, pie making ingredients, and other items that are then sorted and packed by students into baskets and delivered to individuals, families, and agencies. The baskets help provide a Thanksgiving meal to many who otherwise might not enjoy one. The drive has become one of the largest in New England.

Including Cheverus, 18 Jesuit high schools from nine states (NY, CT, MA, ME, MD, MO, NJ, PA, WA) are holding a holiday food drive “competition” entitled “The Great Ignatian Challenge,” which is intended to inspire students across the country to take action in the battle against hunger in our communities. It is expected that the schools in the challenge will collect and distribute over 340,000 pounds of food this holiday season.

The challenge derives its name from the St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, who taught that "Love consists of sharing what one has and what one is with those one loves. Love ought to show itself in deeds more than in words."

The Key Club at Cheverus provides service to the public with a motto of  “Caring, Our Way of Life.” It is one of the longest-running high school community service programs in the country, and the club has organized the Turkey Drive at Cheverus for nearly half a century.

For more information on ways in which you can help the Key Club or other Cheverus service projects, call 207-774-6238.