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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 Raises over $20,000 for Send Hunger Packing




Princeton TruckFest was the first joint fundraiser ever hosted by all eleven of Princeton’s Eating Clubs, and it raised over $20,000 for Send Hunger Packing, a collaboration between the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank and the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, which provides low-income schoolchildren with nutritious meal packs for the weekends.

Prospect Avenue was closed on Friday, April 25th to host the event.  Eleven foodtrucks were parking along the street and a crowd of 7,500 students and local residents enjoyed a variety of delicious treats.  The lines were long, but it was a great evening and several music groups provided entertainment.

The event was coordinated by the Community Service Chairs of all of the eating clubs who worked together with the town and the University to coordinate all of the permits, logistics, and arrangements.  They committee raised donations from class and student government and the Princeton Prospect Foundation.   In total, the event raised over $40,000, and after covering all expenses, raised over $20,000 for Send Hunger Packing.

Kathleen Galante, the Manager of Colonial Club, commented, “It was great to see the crowds Friday night; they definitely pulled off a great event! I was really impressed at the execution of Truckfest. The students worked the event like pros. I am so glad it went well and lots of money was raised!”

Justin Ziegler added, “Our goal was to raise enough money so that the sales from the foodtrucks would go 100% to Send Hunger Packing. The food trucks were so supportive of the event, and accepted a fraction of their costs so the money would go to the children in Mercer County who don’t get enough to eat.”

Sandy Harrison, Chairman of Princeton Prospect Foundation, commented, “We are thrilled that the support of PPF could help to make this event happen. PPF agreed that we would be delighted to continue our support for Truckfest next year.”

Learn more about Princeton TruckFest.

Here are articles that appeared in the local press:

Daily Princetonian  4/17/14
Planet Princeton  4/21/14
Trenton Times  4/22/14
Town Topics  4/23/14
Princeton Sun  4/24/14
Princeton Packet  4/28/14
Planet Princeton  5/4/14