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By Cherri Gregg

By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Shire’s Great Food Fight is a regional competition where high schools hold food drives to benefit food for Philabundance. This year’s battle against hunger kicked off Wednesday afternoon with a pep rally at Penncrest High School.

They rolled out the school band, mascots and cheerleaders to get student reps from the 21 high schools from across the region that signed up to participate in the challenge. Matt Cabrey from Shire says the goal is to have students find creative ways to collect 100 tons of foods in two weeks.

“Several schools incorporated mascots, like “Can Man,” to rally students in their school and create awareness and encourage them to make contributions. Other schools made t-shirts, wrist bands,” said Cabrey.

photo 1 Rally At Penncrest High School Kicks Off Hold Great Food Fight To Benefit Philabundance

(credit: Cherri Gregg)

Penncrest Senior Zac Shauerman says he is ready to do the work it takes to win. His school won $10,000 after collecting 24 tons of food!

“Last year I participated, I helped collect cans, I helped bring in cans, I helped sort the cans. It made me feel really good to know that mys chool was contributing to the community.”

Shire’s Great Food Fight runs from February 15 through March 20th.

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