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The Marble Falls and Burnet school districts are putting their county rivalry to good use by competing in a canned food drive to increase reserves at local pantries.The Battle of the Cans started on Sept. 21 and ends on Oct. 12, the day before the Mustangs and Bulldogs face off on the football field at Bulldog Stadium, 1401 N. Main St. in Burnet.

“It allows us to work together to meet the needs of our local food pantries, which are an essential part of supporting families across the community,” said Marble Falls Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Jeff Gasaway. “It also gives our students a purpose and place in the community where they can use their talents to contribute to the greater good of the community.”

All campuses will collect donations for the drive. Non-students may also contribute cans for the competition.

“Inherently, our communities become stronger when community members, including staff and students, are engaged in supporting each other,” Gasaway said.

Food raised by MFISD will go to the The Helping Center of Marble Falls. Requested items include canned soups, ramen, canned green beans, canned corn, and boxes of stuffing mix.

“They’re gearing up for Thanksgiving needs,” Gasaway said.

Burnet Consolidated ISD will donate their canned goods to Lakes Area Care Inc. in Burnet. Organizers have asked for canned meat, rice, dry macaroni noodles (not macaroni and cheese), canned soup, and canned fruit.

The total weight collected and the winner will be announced during halftime of the District 13-4A rivalry game on Oct. 13.

The two districts started the can drive last year and collected over 6,000 pounds of food for local pantries.

Marble Falls ISD took the inaugural crown after amassing more than 3,259 pounds of canned goods, edging out BCISD’s 2,850-pound contribution.

“By filling the food pantries in our community and helping families in need, we all win,” Gasaway said.