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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

TruckFest 2016 Donates $33,000 to Meals on Wheels and Send Hunger Packing

The Eating Clubs of Princeton hosted their third annual TruckFest food truck festival on Prospect Avenue on Saturday, April 16th.  The event was a huge success and donated $33,000 to Meals on Wheels of Mercer County and Send Hunger Packing Princeton.

Trucks lined up along Prospect Avenue and live entertainment kept the 5,000 hungry students and local residents amused while they enjoyed a variety of cuisines in the beautiful spring sun.

Over 15 local food trucks were in attendance, including The FEED Truck, Fork in the Road, Zinnas Mobile Bistro, Nina’s Waffles, Kona Ice, Try Vegan, My Four Suns Korean Fusion, Maddalenas Cheesecake Co, Princeton University Food Truck, Ma & Pa’s Tex-Mex BBQ, and Bombay Local Pizza.

IMG_7950_2TruckFest is a collaboration between all eleven of Princeton’s Eating Clubs, spearheaded by the clubs’ Community Service Chairs, the Community Service Interclub Council (CSICC). The CCISS and TruckFest Co-Chairs were Rachel Margulies ’16 (Cannon Club), Jennifer Liu ’16 (Quadrangle Club), and Cason Crane ’17 (Ivy Club).
TruckFest donated $20,000 in 2014 to Send Hunger Packing; $24,000 in 2015 to Meals on Wheels and Send Hunger Packing. The TruckFest Cause Committee reviewed applications and conducted site visits before deciding on Meals on Wheels and Send Hunger Packing as the two causes again for 2016. The donation of $33,000 was divided equally between the two organizations.

Meals on Wheels is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing meals to homebound individuals in order to promote their wellbeing and independence and foster a better quality of life.

Send Hunger Packing is a partnership between Mercer Street Friends and Princeton Public Schools to provide school-age children from low-income families with the nutrition they need to be able to do their best in school.

There are many sponsors who contributed to make TruckFest a success, 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, the Motley Fool,, Worldwide Learning Services, Central Jersey Dance, Smacktive, and Landau’s.

IMG_7940_2Sandy Harrison ’74, Chairman of the Princeton Prospect Foundation, sent a letter to the Co-Chairs of TruckFest that said, “Princeton Prospect Foundation congratulates you and your CSICC colleagues for your truly extraordinary efforts in planning and implementing TruckFest 2016. As the only fully collaborative fundraising effort among all of Princeton’s eating clubs, and one which also is the largest in scope, TruckFest was executed by you in more resoundingly successful fashion than ever.”

Lisa Schmucki ’74, the Graduate Interclub Advisor (GICC), also commented, “Over the past three years, the Eating Club Community Service Chairs have come together to create an event that is exemplary of the commitment to service and civic engagement called for by Princeton University in a newly released self-study. Running this event is an extraordinary service and learning experience.”

To learn more and see additional pictures from this year’s event, go to, or visit the Princeton TruckFest Facebook page.

Pictured in the top photo are (L to R, back row first): Sandy Harrison ’74 (chair of the PPF), Cason Crane ’17 (CSICC co-chair), Tim Wolf (representative from Meals on Wheels of Mercer County), Rochelle Calhoun (Princeton VP of Student Life), Jennifer Liu ’16 (CSICC co-chair), Rachel Margulies ’16 (CSICC co-chair), and Kyle Williams (representative from Mercer Street Friends).


All the members of the CSICC that worked to make TruckFest 2016 a great success!

All the members of the CSICC that worked to make TruckFest 2016 a great success!