The 27th annual Pantry Raid competition between Robert E. Lee and John Tyler High School students is here! Each year, students at both Tyler ISD high schools have a friendly competition help feed hungry East Texans, and they are asking the community for their help by donating non-perishable food items or funds at the school of their choice.
Food items and funds collected will benefit hungry East Texans who turn to the East Texas Food Bank’s partnering food pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens for help. The school that collects the most amount of food will earn bragging rights and proudly display the traveling trophy at their school for the year.
In 2016, John Tyler High School was declared the winner of the 26th Annual Pantry Raid. Both Robert E. Lee and John Tyler High Schools collected 28,182 pounds of food combined for the community, providing over 23,000 meals to those in need. For the past 26 years, Pantry Raid has collected over 1.2 million pounds of food.
"The Pantry Raid has grown to become one of our largest food and fund raising drives of the year," said Dennis Cullinane, CEO of the East Texas Food Bank. "This event is helping to create a legacy of giving in our young citizens. We are truly grateful to the students for their incredible energy in producing these impressive food and cash contributions over the years towards the fight against hunger in our communities."
Donations of non-perishable canned food items will be accepted at both high schools through Friday, November 10th. You can also support either school by making a financial donation online at www.EastTexasFoodBank.org/PantryRaid. The Pantry Raid results will be announced during halftime at the Robert E. Lee and John Tyler football game on Friday, November 10.