CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Students at 18 schools worked together and collected thousands of pounds of food to help their neighbors in need.
The schools participated in the Neighbors-4-Neighbors School Food Drive in March, collecting nearly 4,900 pounds of food.
The event was organized by Albemarle County tenth grader Ryleigh Katstra.
Food collected during the spring drive helps the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank serve 44 of its partner pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in the Thomas Jefferson area, which includes Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Madison, and Orange.
The schools that participated include Carysbrook Elementary, Charlottesville High, Fluvanna County Middle Georgetown Learning Center, Greer Elementary, Hollymead Elementary, Jack Jouett Middle, Mortimer Y. Sutherland Middle, Paul H. Cale Elementary, Peabody, Renaissance, Saint Anne's Belfield upper and lower, Tandem Friends of Charlottesville middle and upper, West Central Primary, Western Albemarle High, and Woodbrook Elementary.
This is the third year in a row that Cale Elementary School has also received special recognition for bringing in the most food overall.
Since it was created in 2011, Neighbors-4-Neighbors has collected more than 57,000 pounds of food.