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Jesuit High School's 50th Annual Food Drive Aims to Help Hundreds of Local Families During the Holidays (Photo) - 12/14/18

BEAVERTON, Ore. – On Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 a.m., the Jesuit High School Student Center will become a food sorting and distribution center, with canned food that reaches the ceiling, just more than 15 feet. The JHS student body will bring all of the food that has been collected over a two-week period and begin compiling food boxes for 375 families in the Portland area. Last year, enough food was pledged by first period classes for 605 families. Students have committed to the same amount this year.

The JHS food drive is in its 50th year and has seen a huge increase in participation over the years. In its first year, 1969, roughly 40 families benefited from the project and just a little more than $350 was raised.

“As Jesuit High School has grown, so has its food drive. The drive not only helps families during Christmas, but also provides non-perishable foods for local food banks as well. We are seeing more multigenerational families, families pooling resources to try and make ends meet. The need is tremendous,” said Scott Powers, food drive coordinator.

Students, faculty, and staff will volunteer through the night of Dec. 19 sorting and preparing the food for delivery on Thursday, Dec. 20, beginning at 12:00 p.m. “Not only are we collecting food these two weeks, we are raising awareness about hunger in Oregon. We hope students will realize hunger is not a once-a-year issue. It is year-round,” said Powers.

The families are pre-selected through St. Vincent de Paul and Lifeworks Oregon. Students will deliver all of the food that has been collected at Jesuit High School over the prior two weeks.

In addition, alumni of Jesuit High School will host their own food drive the weekend of December 20-22. Alumni will deliver to over 1,500 families and 30 local shelters.

“The Alumni Food Drive brings our community together to continue our mission of being men and women for others,” said Kathy Baarts, Alumni Director. “The need for food continues to increase and we have continued to grow in the number of boxes we are able to provide and the agencies we are able to serve.” Packing begins on Thursday, Dec. 20, immediately following the conclusion of the student drive mentioned above.

If you are interested in delivering food (all are welcome to participate) on Saturday, December 22, or helping prepare food boxes on December 20 or 21, please contact the JHS alumni office at 503-291-5414 or

Food Drive Schedule (VIDEO & PHOTO OPPS.):

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19 @ 2:10 pm  – Food collection in student center (Jesuit HS)
  • Thursday, Dec. 20 @ 8 am or 12 noon – Student delivery begins
  • Saturday, Dec. 22 @ 8:00 a.m. – Alumni food drive with pancake breakfast and delivery


About Jesuit High School: Founded in 1956 by the Society of Jesus, Jesuit High School is Oregon's only secondary school in the Ignatian tradition of excellence in education. Our 1,264 students represent a diverse mix of young men and women from the Portland metro area and southwest Washington.

Jesuit High School's mission is to educate "men and women for others.” Our graduates are leaders who are religious, loving, intellectually competent, committed to doing justice, and open to growth. Jesuit is the recipient of two U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Awards, a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Award for its sustainability efforts, and 14 Oregonian Cup Awards for outstanding achievement in academics, school activities, athletics, and sportsmanship. More information can be found online at