(608) 442-8815


Would you like to help out? Check out how easy it is to serve at The River. Find out more.

"I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to volunteer. It was my first experience volunteering at the River Food Pantry and it definitely will not be my last. You were so welcoming and friendly. You truly run a top notch organization. The system is well planned out, the selection of available items was amazing and you have a great staff of volunteers. I had a lot of fun and I think the work you do for the community is wonderful."


First Time Volunteer

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

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3rd Annual Fun On Ice Recap!


We may not have played on the ice, but everyone that attended sure had Fun! The third annual Fun on Ice was filled with games, food, music and laughter. The event, held at The East Side Club, brought in $2,100! That money will help keep our lights on and shelves full with healthy food for families struggling to make ends meet.

Outside we had fun winter games, delicious soups from Good Food, hot coffee from Starbucks on Monona Dr, cookies from Manna Café, and spirits provided by Yahara Bay Distillary. indoors was filled with crafts, games, music thanks to The Fancy Pears and UW Marching Band and great pick-a-prize raffles items from local businesses! Bucky Badger danced around giving high fives and posing for pictures. WISC-TV reporter Adam Schrager took on the event’s emcee role while Krista from 93.1 Jamz stopped by with gifts.

We would like to thank everyone that came to the fun event as well as everyone who took the time to volunteer. The money raised at Fun On Ice will help the 600+ households that visit The River each week.

Thanks again Summit Credit Union & Thysse Printing for sponsoring Fun on Ice and Wisconsin Oral Surgery & Dental Implants for sponsoring Bucky Badger; thanks Good Food, Starbucks, Yahara Bay Distillery for providing food and drinks; and thank you UW Marching Band and The Fancy Pears for being our entertainment!


Make sure to follow us on Facebook! We'll be posting more photos and videos from the event.




2017 Million Pound Challenge: Get Healthy, Help the Hungry

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Join the Million Pound Challenge and raise food for our community members struggling with hunger. Sign up now at and select River Food Pantry and join Team River! 

The River Food Pantry is once again participating in the Million Pound Challenge. To join our team follow these steps:

1. Go to: (you don’t have to be a member to participate)

2. Click the Join a Team button.

3. Select your preference of Exercise or Weight Loss (most people do exercise)

4. Select a Team: The River Food Pantry

5. Fill in your information

6. Select a Benefiting Hunger-Relief Organization: River Food Pantry, The (Madison, Dane County)

7. Click the Register button

You will receive an email with instructions on how to log your exercise hours or weight loss. Exercise hours and weight loss is logged once a week on Friday. 

There’s no cost to participate or obligation to join a health club. You can work out at home! The Million Pound Challenge is opento anyone so share this message with friends, family and coworkers through email and social media. 

Thank you for your support and good luck!

Feed The Need 2017

Feed The Need is back!

Tickets are now on sale for Feed the Need. Tour the brand new, state-of-the-art culinary space at Madison College, sample delicious food and spirits by Madison Originals members and enjoy live music from local artists!

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Check out our video recap from last year's event and find more photos from the 2016 Feed the Need on our Facebook!


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3rd Annual Fun On Ice!


Join us for an afternoon of winter fun on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. The River is hosting an indoor/outdoor family-friendly FUNdraiser at The East Side Club on Monona Drive.

Good Food Madison will be serving delicious homemade soup. We’ll also have hot coffee from Starbucks on Monona Drive and hot chocolate for everyone to enjoy. Yahara Bay Distillery will also be there with spirits for your hot drinks! Reporter/Producer at WISC-TV, Adam Schrager will be the event’s emcee. Enjoy entertainment by The Fancy Pears and 93.1 JAMZ. The UW Marching Band and Bucky Badger will also be there to entertain!

Tickets will be available for a pick-a-prize raffle with a chance to win great prizes such as a Greg Guard signed basketball, one-night stay at Hotel Red and Best Western Plus InnTowner, tickets to a Betty Lou Cruise, a Yumbutter basket, birthday package to Boulders Climbing Gym, and more! If you have something to donate, please contact Hannah Becker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Come and enjoy good food and good fun for a great cause!

Suggested donation. All proceeds will go to The River Food Pantry.

Thank you to our sponsors: Summit Credit Union & Thysse Printing

Also, thank you Madison Oral Surgery and Dental Implants for sponsoring Bucky Badger!

Click HERE to view the Fun on Ice Facebook event page & share with friends!

 Click HERE to view photos from last year's Fun On Ice event!



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Gift of Gobble results


Many thanks to all who donated and volunteered to make the 2016 Gift of Gobble at The River a huge success!

1,162 families shopped at The River during the pantry sessions the week of November 15-22 and 760 turkeys were distributed and 520 free hot meals provided. It was a busy week!  

Your support makes this possible!


Thank you for donating Nord Gear, employees from Exact Science, Mad City Gobblers, International Dairy Deli Baking Association and many individual supporters!

Current Needs

"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.