The 24th annual Pantry Raid, sponsored by the East Texas Food Bank, is underway between students of Robert E. Lee and John Tyler high schools.

Students at both high schools have a friendly competition to collect food and raise funds to benefit hungry East Texans. The school that collects the most pounds of food earns bragging rights and proudly displays the traveling trophy at their campus for the year.

In 2013, John Tyler edged out Robert E. Lee to win the competition. Both schools collected a combined 58,251 pounds of food, providing more than 48,000 meals to those in need throughout the community.

For the past 23 years, the Pantry Raid has collected 1,076,251 pounds of food.

"Giving comes from within," Sheldon McGowan, student body president at John Tyler, said. "When giving, don't think of the reward for yourself, but think of the people it helps. As we commit to being ‘All In' at John Tyler, we want to continue to support the East Texas Food Bank and remember to give."

"The East Texas Food Bank Pantry Raid is really an awesome time for Robert E. Lee and John Tyler both to have a nice little friendly competition by collecting a lot of food and money to help end hunger in East Texas," Josh Bice, student body president at Robert E. Lee, said. "It is a great opportunity for both of these schools to make a huge difference in the community."

"The Pantry Raid has grown to become one of our largest food and fund raising drives of the year," said Dennis Cullinane, Executive Director of the East Texas Food Bank. "This event is helping to create a legacy of giving in our young citizens."

Donations of non-perishable canned food items will be accepted at both high schools through Friday, September 12. You can also support either school by making a financial donation online at The Pantry Raid results will be announced at the Robert E. Lee and John Tyler football game Friday, September 12.


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