The annual Pantry Raid competition between Robert E. Lee and John Tyler High School is held each year in the Fall. For over twenty six years, the students at each school have had a friendly competition to feed hungry East Texans. The food and funds the students collect will benefit hungry East Texans through the East Texas Food Bank’s partner agencies. 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.”
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