Riverside-Brookfield High School has received recognition from a national organization for its efforts to fight hunger.

The Schools Fight Hunger organization recognized RBHS as a National School of Distinction for its efforts last year when students and staff collected and donated 1,183 pounds of food to Greater Chicago food Depository in October 2010.

Fewer than 2,000 schools nationwide earned the distinction.

“The students, staff and families of our School of Distinction schools should be very proud of their efforts and the impact they’re making on the hunger cause,” said Tim Sullivan, the founder of Schools Fight Hunger in a press release.

RBHS officials were honored to receive the recognition. Teacher Rachel Bernstein helped to organize the food drive.

“The students, staff and administration of Riverside-Brookfield High School are honored to be recognized by Schools fight Hunger for out 2101 food drive,” said Bernstein in an emailed statement.

“We were very proud of our collection last year; it is one of many examples of Bulldogs caring about others. The food drive, which ran for two weeks leading up to the Day of Service, provided students and staff with an additional opportunity to give back to the community.”

Principal Pamela Bylsma also emailed a statement to the Landmark.

“While we are immensely proud to be recognized as a National School of Distinction by Schools Fight Hunger, our actions were not motivated by a desire to gain accolades,” Bylsma said. “Instead our students, staff and families answered the call to help others in need.”

-Bob Skolnik