The competition is on and bragging rights are on the line as John Tyler and Robert E. Lee high schools spend the week collecting food for the East Texas Food Bank’s annual Pantry Raid. For over 25 years, students at each school have collected canned food items and donations to benefit hungry East Texans through the East Texas Food Bank's partner agencies. The school that collects the most food will win the competition, earn bragging rights and proudly display the traveling trophy at their school for the year.
“The Pantry Raid is important because it gives back to the community,” Abby Rose, Lee student council president, said. “The officers, students and faculty at Robert E. Lee are excited to continue this competition to help and impact many in such a huge way.”
“Our student body is extremely excited to take part in the special occasion,” Faith Minnick, John Tyler student body president, said. “While we are competing with our cross town rivals, we are trying to make a difference for our community.”
In 2015, John Tyler High School was declared the Pantry Raid winner. Together, Robert E. Lee and John Tyler high schools collected 44,601 pounds of food combined for the community, providing over 37,000 meals to those in need. For the past 25 years, the Pantry Raid has collected over 1.2 million pounds of food.
Donations of nonperishable canned food items will be accepted at both high schools through Friday, Nov. 4. Financial donations toward each school can also be made through the www.easttexasfoodbank.org website. The Pantry Raid results will be announced during halftime of the Robert E. Lee and John Tyler football game Friday, Nov. 4.