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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 6:13pm

Local high schools are participating in a great cause to help the East Texas Community.

The East Texas Food Bank's "Pantry Raid" of the largest food drives of the year, and it has kicked off. It's the 22nd annual food drive.

Robert E. Lee High School and John Tyler High School are competing to feed the hungry in East Texas. Since the first week of school, the two high schools have been collecting food and funds for people in need. The community can drop off food and money at any of the two high schools or East Texas Food Bank to help families.

In the last 21 years, students have collected over 965,000 pounds of food, and this year their goal is 1-million through this event.

"It's very exciting for us ,it's one of our biggest food and fund raising drives that we have throughout the year and it's something that really gets the kids involved and we are excited to partner with them," says Michael Hetrick, Communications Manager at East Texas Food Bank.

The East Texas Food Bank says, "This event is helping to create a legacy of giving in our young citizens."

The winner of "Pantry Raid" will be announced Friday, September 14th at the Robert E. Lee vs. John Tyler football game. The game is held at Trinity Mother Frances- Rose Stadium, and the winner will receive a trophy during half-time.


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