RANDOLPH, NJ - Wrestling rivals from Randolph and Roxbury once again are joining forces to continue what has become a 7-year tradition: The annual Rivals Takedown Hunger food drive.

During their wrestling match on Feb. 1, the teams will be grappling to benefit the Interfaith Food Pantry serving Morris County.

The food drive involves both the youth recreation and the high school wrestling programs of Randolph and Roxbury. Roxbury, as the host team this year, is responsible for collecting and delivering donated food to the Interfaith Food Pantry.

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Food donations will be collected in entrance way of Roxbury High School.

Wrestling starts at 5 p.m. with Tri-County League and high school junior varsity matches. The high school matches start at 7:10 p.m. Warmups begin at 6:45 p.m.

Wrestlers from both teams said they look forward to a night of terrific wrestling and community fun. They are asking people to spread the word so more fans attend and bring items to donate. To encourage attendance, Roxbury High School is offering free admission to spectators who donate at least two items.

The Food Pantry currently needs of all of the following:

  • FRUITS & VEGETABLES: canned fruit, 100 percent fruit juice, canned vegetables, pasta sauce, canned tomato products (crushed, whole, diced, paste, puree)
  • GRAINS: cereal (low sugar, high fiber), oatmeal, pasta (regular and whole wheat), white or brown rice
  • DAIRY: shelf stable milk, dry milk, canned evaporated milk, calcium-fortified milk alternatives such as soy, rice or almond milks
  • PROTEIN: canned beans (pork and beans, pinto, red or white kidney); dried beans; tuna, salmon or other canned fish; peanut butter, canned meats and meals (such as ravioli, spaghetti & meatballs, hash, stew, canned chicken)
  • SIDE DISHES: mac ‘n cheese, Rice-A-Roni, Hamburger Helper, instant/dried potatoes, stuffing mix
  • SOUPS: hearty varieties, condensed varieties, low-sodium, regular
  • BABY ITEMS: Enfamil Infant Formula (NOT newborn please), baby food (stage 1 fruits, stage 2 meats/meals, stage 3 vegetable & meats), cereals/oatmeal, diapers (size 5 & 6), pull up toddler diapers (size 4T & 5T), baby wipes
  • SPECIALTY ITEMS: gluten free products, Boost or Ensure dietary supplements, Boost Glucose Control or Glucerna, adult undergarments, tea, resealable sandwich bags, quart-sized plastic bags

The Interfaith Food Pantry is a non-denominational, non-profit organization that helps families make ends meet, by supplementing their monthly groceries in times of need. It provides food and groceries to eligible Morris County residents.

The Pantry is currently distributing more than five tons of food to 300 families weekly. The Pantry's clients are primarily senior citizens living on fixed incomes and low-income working families in Morris County. For more information, visit www.mcifp.org.