The competition adds another layer to the rivalry between the Rolling Meadows Mustangs and the Elk Grove Grenadiers.

District 214 rivals, Rolling Meadows and Elk Grove high schools will square off during an upcoming football game with some extra competition on the night of Friday, October 4, 2019. Throughout the week leading up to the game, the schools will be competing against one another to win Elk Grove Township’s annual Cereal Bowl competition. Students will be educating their peers about hunger in the community and collecting donated boxes of cereal for game night.

Elk Grove Township invites local community members to attend the game and see who the winner of the ‘Cereal Bowl Trophy’ will be. The game begins at 7:00 p.m. at Elk Grove High School, 500 W. Elk Grove Boulevard in Elk Grove.

During the 2018 competition, the two schools donated a combined 1,460 boxes, and the Elk Grove Grenadiers were the winning school – putting them at a 2-1 advantage in the annual contest. This year, the Rolling Meadows Mustangs are looking to tie up the competition!

“We continue to be very proud of students from both high schools who recognize the need in our community relating to our food pantry,” said Elk Grove Township Supervisor Mike Sweeney. “This competition represents a much larger mission that we accomplish every day at the Township; we are empowering people through community – and the Cereal Bowl competition is encouraging our young people to do just that.”

Fans from each team are encouraged to bring boxes of cereal to the October 4th football game to support their team. Elk Grove Township representatives will be at the main gate to receive and tabulate donations dropped off at the game.

Fans who cannot attend the game can drop off donations at the Elk Grove Township offices, 2400 S. Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights, until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4th. When dropping of donations, donors should communicate which high school they are donating on behalf of.

This friendly competition earns bragging rights for the winning side, along with an engraved traveling trophy that will remain at the winning school until next year’s competition.

The donated cereal will be a part of the food distributed to the hundreds of Elk Grove Township residents that receive food pantry assistance each month at the Elk Grove Township Food Pantry. Cash donations will also be accepted but will not be tabulated as part of the competition. For more information, please call Elk Grove Township at 847-437-0300 or visit