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"The River makes a huge difference for us. When we come here I get canned goods and healthy food for the kids that they actually like such as granola bars, yogurt or cereal. We can’t afford to buy those items, and I know it seems like a small thing, but it’s a big deal for them. We’ve been coming here for a year and the money we save really helps our budget options.”


Client & Mom of 2

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

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#Giving Tuesday- The "Reason for the Season"


After spending a day with friends and family giving thanks, we spend the next consecutive days getting deals (Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday). On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back!

#GivingTuesday kicks off the holiday giving season and inspires people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

#GivingTuesday is a reminder of the “reason for the season”, and you can participate by giving back to The River!

Every act of generosity counts, and each means even more when we give together. Thanks to a generous donor, every donation given on #GivingTuesday will be matched!


Give online and enter “#GivingTuesday” in the comments section, or better yet – come to The River on Giving Tuesday and make your donation in person!


Halloween Bash Scared up Funds for The River!

On Thursday, October 26, The River Food Pantry was honored to host a Halloween Bash, presented by Madison MagnetMadison Rotary After Hours! The event was a huge success, bringing in roughly 60 people to the pantry. And better yet, many came in costumes! Hue took The River's stage rocking out to cover songs and Halloween themed music. Attendees danced, enjoyed food and beer provided by Ale Asylum. A lucky winner went home with a $50 Madison Originals gift certificate as well! It was a great event raising over $1,600 for The River Food Pantry!

Thanks to the organizations who put this fun, festive event together. Also, a special thanks to all the attendees who spent their night dancing and discussing ways they can help Dane County neighbors. We hope to see you back at The River soon!

See more photos on our Facebook.


Double Your Impact Results

From July-September, The River had an opportunity to double new donations as part of a Second Harvest Foodbank Challenge Match. Our challenge was to raise $5,000 from new donors and donors who we haven't seen in a few years.finalfork

The results are in and we not only reached our goal, but exceeded it as over $10,000 was raised.  

“Being able to provide meat, dairy, and fresh produce for my family is very important to me but I can’t always afford to purchase all of those items at a grocery store. With The River’s help, I’m now able to give my kids proper meals.”

Thanks to the generous new donors and donors who we have not seen in a few years that gave a gift, we received $5,000 worth of credit at the Second Harvest Food Bank to purchase food for our pantry!

The River believes that in times of hardship, it shouldn't be so hard to ask for help. So every day, in addition to fresh, nutritious food and basic necessities, shoppers enjoy the pleasure of decency, compassion, and dignity.

Thanks again to all our supporters who make this possible, we truly appreciate the support.




ReMitts are Back!

What better way to stay warm during Wisconsin’s cold winter months than with one-of-a-kind mittens that benefit local food pantries! The Re-Mitt project, a volunteer run organization, have been raising funds for Dane County food pantries since 2009. Last year, they raised $50,000!

ReMittsEach pair of ReMitt mittens are hand crafted by volunteers. The mittens are 100% recycled- made from old donated wool sweaters. The volunteers felt the sweaters and then craft them into beautiful wool mittens. Better yet, no two pairs are alike!

Like The River Food Pantry, the Remitt Project does not like anything going to waste. These forgotten sweaters were on their way to landfills, but are now beautiful mittens that benefit hundreds of people in Dane County struggling to make ends meet. The love and patience it takes to make each pair is visible. It takes the volunteers about three hours to make one pair, including washing the sweaters, cutting, and hand sewing.

Keep your hands warm this winter while helping pantries keep their shelves stocked with food. The project expects to surpass the $250,000 raised mark this season! Stop by the following stores to purchase your own unique pair of mittens.

            UPS Store North- 1213 N Sherman Ave

            UPS Store East- 4230 E Towne Blvd

            DuWayne’s Salon- 2114 N Sherman Ave

            Klein’s Greenhouse- 3758 E Washington Ave

            Barriques- 2166 Atwood Ave

            Yahara Bay Distillery- 6250 Nesbitt Rd. #200

            Cool Beans Coffee Cafe- 1748 Eagan Rd.

Mittens- $35

Wisconsin/Bucky- $45

Visit to learn more.

Gift of Gobble 2017

It’s that time of year again.

Imagine the stress many families go through during the holiday season.   finishedturkey

For some, $30 for a Thanksgiving dinner cannot be added into their budget. You can help these struggling families by giving the “Gift of Gobble”.

In 2016, The River distributed over 800 turkeys and/or hams during Thanksgiving week and served 1,000 meals at The River’s annual Thanksgiving Feast! In order to provide enough turkeys this year, The River needs your help.

We have currently raised enough money for 650 turkeys!



Here's How You Can Help:

-Donate $30 for every turkey you would like to see given to a family in our community who shops at The River. Donate online or drop off a check/cash at the pantry. Specify "Turkey" in the designation/comment box when donating online or on the check memo. 

-Donate a turkey (or two or three or more) by Friday, November 10 to be served the following Friday at The River’s annual Thanksgiving Feast or distributed to families for their own Thanksgiving celebrations.

Are you a business owner? Challenge your employees to donate and double the donation by doing a match!

Donations can be dropped off at The River Food Pantry, 2201 Darwin Road, Madison, WI 53704.

If you have any questions, contact Development Director Amy Lord, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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.