Living their motto of “Men for Others,” students at Jesuit High School distribute Thanksgiving food baskets to approximately 400 needy families throughout New Orleans. The motto proves it has a life-long meaning, as alumni return to their alma mater, bringing their families with them, to take part in the annual drive.
The day usually begins for students before 6 a.m. at Robért Fresh Market. Students and faculty meet there to purchase the perishable goods needed to complete the baskets already begun with food collected over the last month. Students then return to campus and work with their homeroom classmates to prepare the baskets for delivery.
Later, the school community gathers in the Chapel of the North American Martyrs for a Thanksgiving prayer service. Afterwards, students, parents, and teachers deliver the baskets to the homes of those who would not otherwise enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.
The annual Thanksgiving Drive has been conducted by the students of Jesuit since the 1930s, and possibly earlier. It is organized and executed by the students under the guidance of Community Service Project Director, Kevin Murphy.