COPPELL (CBSDFW.COM) – They know what it’s like to be champions in sports and the students of Coppell High School have also earned top honors when it comes to caring for others.

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The effort was clear in 2011 when students collected more food for needy families than any other campus in the country. Students did it as of a national effort called the Souper Bowl of Caring.

Jennifer Leney, the CEO of Christian Community Action, recalled, “We had a family come in this week. There was a grandmother that had four kids and those kids had not eaten in four days. So, it [hunger] really does happen in this community.

Last year Coppell students collected more than 17,000 food items for the Souper Bowl for Caring Drive. This year, students from Coppell High School and New Tech High at Coppell will work together to again tackle the hunger problem in North Texas.

One student said she can’t help but feel proud by the accomplishment.

“We were just setting out to help as many people as we could and getting the title of the number one school to help was just the cherry on top.”

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Leney said the donation was more than their non-profit organization could have asked for and a welcomed one in these down times.

“People who have been formerly our donors are now having to come to us for help,” she said.

Organizers are trying to capitalize on the excitement leading up to the Super Bowl.

Former Dallas Cowboys running back Drew Pearson attended Friday’s rally in the Coppell High School gym.

“How exciting is this?” Pearson asked. “The Coppell Cowboys and Cowgirls all coming together this morning, for a great cause as we fight hunger in the Souper Bowl of Caring.”

Besides efforts on school campuses, the public is invited to purchase pre-packaged bags of food for North Texas families. The bags can be paid for at Tom Thumb, Albertson’s, Kroger and Market Street grocery store locations.

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All of the money collected through the Souper Bowl of Caring is donated directly to local charities.