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The eating clubs offer juniors and seniors the opportunity to become a part of a close-knit community. They reinforce existing friendships while also introducing you to a wonderful, new, and diverse group of Princetonians. The clubs offer a home on campus where students can come together to enjoy a great meal, take a breath to relax, and develop life-long

Hannah Paynter ’19, President of the Interclub Council, President of Cloister Inn

You join the club because your friends are there, but then by the time you graduate you’ve also made dozens of new great friends for the rest of your life.

Liam Morton '02, Cap and Gown Club

Each of Princeton’s clubs is different and through the years has achieved a distinct personality and set of traditions. This is as it should be, for it will be a sorry day for the world if ever such distinctions and peculiarities, and the especial loyalties they invoke, are lost.

Struthers Burt, Class of 1904

By joining an eating club, I’ve gained a sense of home and community that keeps me grounded on campus. I’m incredibly grateful for the life-long friendships I’ve developed and the many opportunities it has given me to grow my community and enrich my Princeton experience.

Rachel Macaulay ’19, President of Tower Club

Eating clubs serve as the perfect bridge between your underclassman and upperclassman years. They reinforce the strong friendships you've established and encourage new relationships with a diverse new group of people. By spending time talking, eating, studying, and socializing, we find that we are surrounded by some of the most brilliant yet modest and talented yet compassionate people, all from incredibly diverse backgrounds with a wide range of different life experiences and stories to share.

Katrina Maxcy '14, Former President of Colonial Club

The eating clubs are so much more than where 70 percent of Princeton juniors and seniors take their meals. They are where students are studying, collaborating on assignments, and encouraging each other as they write the last page of that junior paper or senior thesis. They are where students are coming together at tables to discuss an interesting news story, a great movie someone has seen recently, a campus issue, or any of a cornucopia of possible topics. They are where students are socializing and celebrating the end of a stressful day or a stressful week at high-quality social events. They are where students are engaging in meaningful service to the community outside of the Orange Bubble. The eating clubs are unique to Princeton, and they exemplify what is unique about Princeton — a sense of always being able to come home, whether you're just joining as a sophomore or are coming for your 50th Reunion.

Jean-Carlos Arenas '16, Former President of the Interclub Council, Former President of Charter Club

Eating clubs are places in which to find a home on campus. More than just a building to socialize in, they exist to create that feeling of family and acceptance – somewhere where you’re free to just be yourself, and relax into a community that accepts and loves you for you. Being in an eating club allows you to meet so many great people that otherwise you might never have met – people from backgrounds and cultures that differ greatly from your own, but who will nonetheless become some of your closest friends on campus. Being a part of one of these groups enables you to have a community that will always be yours, and that you will continue to be a part of long after you graduate. I find that in my own experience, I am constantly and unerringly amazed by the people I have met through my club, and by the sheer kindness with which everyone treats one another. I wouldn’t trade my eating club experience for anything in the world.

Conor O’Brien ’19, President of Charter Club

Princeton TruckFest 2017 Donates $25,000 to Meals on Wheels and Send Hunger Packing Princeton

The sun was shining and warm weather greeted university students and local residents as they arrived at Princeton TruckFest 2017, which hosted 16 food trucks, a larger number than previous years, and earned a net profit of over $25,000. This year’s truck lineup included the Feed Truck, Fork in the Road, Kona Ice, Maddalena’s Cheesecake, Suzie’s Rolling Wrappers, Dump N’ Roll, Mama Dude’s, and Omninon, as well as many other trucks. In addition to the food trucks, there were also lawn games, a face painting station run by student volunteers, and a silent auction where participants could bid on prizes donated by local stores and restaurants. Event-goers were also entertained by DJs playing musicalong the street, as well as performances by many local groups such as Mas Flow, Sympoh, Sensemaya, the Princeton University Wildcats, and the Princeton Nassoons. The over $25,000 of profit from the event will be split equally between Meals on Wheels of Mercer County and Send Hunger Packing Princeton.


TruckFest is the result of a collaboration between all eleven of Princeton’s historic eating clubs, spearheaded by the clubs’ Community Service Chairs, who have been planning and organizing the event since September. This year marks the fourth year TruckFest has been held. In its inaugural year, TruckFest donated $20,000 to Send Hunger Packing Princeton, and in its second year it decided to donate its proceeds to two organizations: Send Hunger Packing Princeton, and Meals on Wheels of Mercer County. Last year 5000 people attended TruckFest, and TruckFest was able to raise $33,000 for Send Hunger Packing Princeton and Meals on Wheels. This year, TruckFest has again decided to support these two institutions.


Meals on Wheels is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing meals to homebound individuals in Mercer County in order to promote their wellbeing and independence and foster a better quality of life. Send Hunger Packing Princeton provides school-age children from low-income families in Princeton Public Schools with the nutrition they need to be able to do their best in school. TruckFest aims to bring the university and the local community together for a day of food and festivities, while also providing these two organizations and the local communities they serve with much-needed support.


There are many sponsors who contribute to TruckFest and make it possible for the event to be more successful every year, including the Princeton Prospect Foundation, Princeton University Campus Life, the PACE Center for Civic Engagement, the Princeton Undergraduate Student Government, the Princeton Graduate Student Government,, Island Spa and Sauna, and Landau’s.

To learn more, go to, visit the Princeton TruckFest Facebook page, or visit the TruckFest2017 Instagram page.

For more information, contact Co-Head Alexandra Hanley at or Co-Head Sabrina Fried at