For the past few years, Malvern Prep students and employees have made a commitment to give back to the local community through our 20 Can Challenge. Students, faculty, and staff are all challenged to each bring in 20 cans in support of our yearly food drive. Together, the community collected more than 8,000 cans to donate to St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Chester and the Chester County Food Bank in Exton.
Owen Bergan ’21, Aidan Catania ’21, Jack Fialko ’21, and James Gradisek ’21 are four student representatives for the Food Drive.
“Giving back gives us the opportunity to show how thankful we are for what we have by sharing it with others. Participating in events like the Food Drive and 20 Can Challenge is important for students because it helps us learn about people who are struggling with hunger or poverty,” share the students.
Food Drive moderator, Director of Student Life, and Science Teacher Dr. Jim Fry shares, “Our students giving back is a way for them to thank those who have helped them become the person they have become. Giving back creates a time to reflect on all that we have and to be thankful for the gifts we have been given. We also reflect on how supporting programs like this is a way to live out the Christian messages of love, respect, and acceptance for all. We have an obligation to support our neighbors in a way that can be lifegiving. One of our most precious commodities is time and when we give up our time to help someone else, we are giving that person our respect and love.”
More than 700,000 people are food insecure in the Philadelphia area. Food Insecurity is the lack of consistent access to enough food.
Malvern Preparatory School is an Augustinian School, Catholic and Independent for boys in grades 6 through 12, located in the Greater Philadelphia suburb of Malvern, Pa. We are committed to the Augustinian values of Veritas, Unitas, and Caritas, meaning Truth, Unity, and Love.