(Tyler, Texas) September 6, 2012 – The 22nd annual Pantry Raid competition between Robert E. Lee
and John Tyler High School students has kicked off. The students at both high schools have a friendly
competition to help 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.
“We are extremely excited about pantry raid this year,” said Kendall Bullock, Robert E. Lee Pantry
Raid Chair. “We are especially looking forward to helping out our community, and it’s such a great
feeling to see such a large amount of people unite and rally for a local cause.”
“We as a student body find it essential in giving back to our community and helping those that are
less fortunate. Therefore, we are contributing all of our effort and attention to this particular
community service project. Every year, we participate and every year our hearts overflow with joy by
the simple fact of knowing that we're making a difference in our own community,” said CeRon Ford,
John Tyler Student Council President. “We look forward to a mouth dropping result. Go Lions!”
Over the last 21 years, the students have collected over 965,000 pounds of food combined. This year,
the East Texas Food Bank is expecting the students to break 1 Million pounds of food collected
through the event.
“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. 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,
September 14th. You can also support either school by making a financial donation online atwww.EastTexasFoodBank.org/PantryRaid
. The Pantry Raid results will be announced at the Robert E.
Lee and John Tyler football game on Friday, September 14th.
Also, September is national Hunger Action Month. To find out other ways you can take action against
hunger, go to www.EastTexasFoodBank.org
Please contact the Tyler ISD Office of Communications at 903.262.1064 to make arrangements
regarding Pantry Raid. Media photo and video opportunities will be available on Friday, September
14th at 10:00 am at Robert E. Lee High School and 11:00 am at John Tyler High School.