22nd Annual Pantry Raid
John Tyler High School declared Winner...over 53,000 pounds of food collected between Robert E. Lee and John Tyler High Schools this year!
The annual Pantry Raid competition between Robert E. Lee and John Tyler High School is held each year in the Fall. For over two decades, 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.
Friday September 14th 2012, John Tyler High School was declared the winner of the 22nd Annual Pantry Raid. Both Robert E. Lee and John Tyler High Schools collected a combined 53,516 pounds of food for the community, providing nearly 46,000 meals to those in need. Adding to the over 965,000 pounds of food collected in the past 21 years of the event, this year topped the 1,000,000 pounds collected mark.
"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."
"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."