This year Robert E. Lee and John Tyler High Schools are looking to break 1 million pounds collected for the 22nd Annual Pantry Raid. The Pantry Raid is a friendly competition between the two schools to feed the hungry in East Texas.

The food and funds the students collect be donated to the East Texas Food Bank and their 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. It's really a great and fun competition!

Here's what the Robert E. Lee Pantry Raid chair, Kendall Bullock, had to say about the competition:

“We are extremely excited about pantry raid this year, and 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.”

John Tyler High Schools Student Council President, CeRon Ford, is also pumped about the friendly competition:

“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. We look forward to a mouth dropping result. Go Lions!”

Over the last 21 years, the students have collected an impressive 965,000 pounds of food combined! This year, everyone is hoping to get to the 1 million food collected!

I believe these  students can do it. If you would like to help in the fight against hunger in East Texas, you can make donations of non-perishable food items at both high schools through Friday, September 14th. You can also support either school by making a financial donation online at

The Pantry Raid results will be announced at the Robert E. Lee and John Tyler football game on Friday, Sept. 14.