CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- An annual food drive has collected more than 6,000 pounds of food for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
Each year, area schools participate in the Neighbors-4-Neighbors School Food Drive during the month of March.
This year, the schools collected enough food for almost 5,300 meals.
This is the seventh year for the food drive, which was organized by Albemarle County student Ryleigh Katstra.
The schools that participated in the drive are Albemarle High, Carysbrook Elementary, Central Elementary, Community Public Charter, Fluvanna County Middle, Grace Christian Academy, Jack Jouett Middle, Mortimer Y. Sutherland Middle, Murray High, Paul H. Cale Elementary, Peabody, Prospect Heights Middle, Renaissance, St. Anne's-Belfield, Tandem Friend, Covenant, West Central Primary, Woodbrook Elementary and Yancey Elementary.
ACAC Fitness and Georgetown Learning Academy, a couple of local businesses, also helped out.
BRAFB says Cale Elementary School was recognized for the second year in a row for bringing in the most.
The food bank works with dozens of partner pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in the Thomas Jefferson area to distribute food.
BRAFB covers the city of Charlottesville as well as the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham , Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Madison and Orange.
According to BRAFB, more than 47,000 children and youth in the food bank's service area live with hunger in their daily lives.