Tyler's Cross Town High Schools Take Their Rivalry to the Pantry

John Tyler and Robert E. Lee students are using their cross-town rivalry to help East Texans who need it.

The high school kids raided their pantries for the East Texas Food Bank.

"The people going for Lee and the people going for John Tyler, it just helps the needy," says Diedra Cox, a JT student. "It's not about who wins or loses, its about feeding the needy."

Friday, those canned goods and other non-perishable foods were packed into a large truck at both JT and Lee. The pantry raid works like this: The school who collects the most food per student wins a trophy.  But, the real winners are the many people in need across East Texas.

"Usually the East Texas Food Bank is well stocked and we kind of just push them over the edge but this year we actually had a significant shortage of cans so it was important that we raise cans this year more than ever."

The food will be weighed by the East Texas Food Bank and the top collector will be announced at the JT-Lee football game Saturday.

Dana Dixon, reporting.