UPDATED: 50th Annual Hunger Walk & Holy Week initiatives

**UPDATE: Due to the rain and inclement weather anticipated for tomorrow, Friday, April 12, 2024, the 50th Annual Hunger Walk has been cancelled. As a result, no classes will be scheduled and school will be closed.

In 1973, Ron Phipps ’75 and his family moved to Rhode Island from Kansas City. Phipps, new to Bishop Hendricken and beginning his junior year, met Br. Kevin Devlin, himself new to the school. One day, Phipps told Br. Devlin about the walk for hunger at the high school he had transferred from and proposed they create one here at Hendricken. With Br. Devlin and Hendricken’s principal, Br. Thomas Feerick, on board, the Hunger Walk began in 1974.

For 50 years, Bishop Hendricken has “walked the walk” on Holy Thursday to raise money for the hungry right here in Rhode Island. As we enter Holy Week, Campus Ministry is hosting several initiatives to support our neighbors in need. See this week’s schedule below, culminating in our 50th Annual Hunger Walk.


Peanut Butter Drive
March 25-28, 2024

Bishop Hendricken is participating in Washington Trust’s Peanut Butter Drive to help feed local families in need! Students, families, faculty, and staff are encouraged to drop off any brand of peanut butter in designated bins on campus during Holy Week. All donations will benefit the Westbay Community Action.


Soup & Cracker Lunch
Wednesday, March 27, 2024 @ all lunch periods

In solidarity with the poor and food insecure, all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to fast during our annual Soup & Cracker Lunch on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. Soup and crackers will be the only items on the cafeteria’s menu, and water will be the only beverage available for purchase. We kindly ask that ALL community members participate in our partial fast day unless there is a true medical reason not to do so.

Soup and crackers are $5. Water will be available for $1. All lunch proceeds benefit local community food banks and charity organizations. Cash and card will be accepted. You can pre-purchase your student’s lunch, here.


50th Annual Hunger Walk

On Friday, April 12, 2024, the 50th Annual Hunger Walk will take place as the Bishop Hendricken community comes together to stand in solidarity with, and raise funds for, the poor, marginalized, and food insecure of Rhode Island. For the second year, Bishop Richard Henning will join the Hendricken community on for the Hunger Walk. The morning will begin with a prayer service at 9am in St. Kevin Parish. Ron Phipps ’75, the Hunger Walk’s founder, will be on-hand to address the assembly.

Following the service, all students, faculty, and staff from both Bishop Hendricken and St. Kevin School will start out on the 10K walk through Warwick, demonstrating to the community that Hendricken doesn’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk.

As part of the Hunger Walk, we are asking every family, faculty, and staff member for a $20 donation to benefit local community food banks and charity organizations. Donations will be accepted in homeroom and online, here.

All students should report to school for homeroom at 8:10am. There will be no morning academies. Following the walk, students will be dismissed at 12pm.