CALDWELL, NJ — The James Caldwell High School football team recently paid a visit to the Caldwell Food Pantry to deliver items they'd collected.

Prior to the start of the season, all football players and their families as well as cheerleaders and their families and coaches are invited to the high school for a barbecue to kick off the season.

"Earlier this season, the Caldwell football team came together to see how we could help the community out in any way," said Caldwell co-captain Matt Topolewski. "We wanted to kick our season off by giving back to the community, and we felt like the food pantry was a start. We collected all types of food and delivered it to the Caldwell food pantry.

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"After completing this great event, it felt good to have an opportunity to support those in need and to do it together with my football family. It truly was a humbling experience, and we hope to continue to help our community in any way possible in the future."

The barbecue drew more than 200 people last month, with team captains Ryan Smith, Joe Jenkins and Topolewski collecting a large amount of donations at the picnic.