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“For me, food security is the foundation for everything.  If you have that - by using the pantry if needed - you can think about getting a better job, helping your kids with homework, working on your relationships, etc.  Without food security, everything is a much bigger struggle.”


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The River is Dane County's busiest food pantry and in 2015 welcomed 30,605 family visits.

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3 Votes for $250,000...Voting starts today

The River is competing in Chase Community Giving. Voting starts today and will be open until Wednesday, September 19. You can cast up to 3 votes for The River and help us win anywhere from $10,000 all the way to $250,000!!!

Who can vote?
Members of Facebook and Chase Online Customers

How many votes do I get?
You can vote for the River up to 3 times.  Here's how:

  • Vote 1 time on Chase Online (you get a total of 2 votes here, but they must be used for 2 different charities)
  • Vote 1 time on Facebook (again, you get a total of 2 votes here, but they must be used for 2 different charities)
  • And you get 1 bonus vote if you share the contest on your facebook profile and then one of your friends follows the link and votes. (this additional vote can be used on a charity you previously voted for) 
How do I find The River among the charity contestants?
Search "River Food Pantry" (if you write "The River Food Pantry" we won't show up!). 

After I vote, then what?
Because each person only get a few votes, we need the word about this to go viral so that we have a chance to be in the top vote getters. Share the contest with as many people as you know--email the links to your networks, share on Facebook, get creative with how you get the word out!

Where can I see official program rules?
Go to and click on "Program Rules" below the vote now button.

Why won't the pages load?
The contest will attract millions of voters and may cause web pages to load slowly. Be patient and keep trying to get your votes in!

What could The River win?
If the River receives enough votes to get into the top 197 charities, we could win anywhere from $10,000 up to $250,000! That will feed a lot of people!

Thank you for voting and thanks for your support!

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"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."
- Matthew 25:35-36

The River Food Pantry
2201 Darwin Rd. | Madison, WI 53704
Phone: (608) 442-8815

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture Policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave, SW , Washington D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

In addition the State of Wisconsin prohibits discrimination in the delivery of services on all the above bases, as well as sexual orientation and religion. 

The River Food Pantry complies with all Federal, State and local laws regarding nondiscrimination and is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons.