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

"The River is more family oriented than other food pantries I've been to. Other places basically kick you in and kick you out again. I know a lot of people who use The River.  It's made a real difference in their lives."

Kari
Client

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

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Sign Up To Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to support The River Food Pantry. There are multiple opportunities for you to volunteer in the upcoming months!

 

Public Shopping Session

As always, The River needs a lot of helping hands every week in order to run five public shopping sessions. Click here to find days and times volunteers are needed.

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MUNCH

The River's mobile lunch program, Madison Urban Nutritional Children's Hotspot (MUNCH) provides packed lunches for children and teenagers living in north side neighborhoods every Saturday, Sunday and non-school days. During summer vacation, MUNCH will be distributing lunches all everyday of the week!

Sign up here to volunteer.

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The Wisconsin Badger Connection

The River Food Pantry is operating a concession stand at all the University of Wisconsin football and men's basketball games. The River receives a percentage of all concession sales and all funds raised will go directly to paying for food for individuals and families struggling to put food on the table. Please consider volunteering to help us out. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us or fill out the form under How can I help? if you are interested in helping out. The following link provides the current football schedule.

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Choose Your Charity

Old National Bank is giving away $45,000 to Wisconsin nonprofits!

Choose Your Charity Campaign runs from April 3 – May 12, 2017

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Each Old National Wisconsin banking center will be donating $1,000 to the top vote-getting charity at their branch. With your help, The River Food Pantry could receive a $1,000 donation!

Feed The Need '17

Fun At Feed The Need

Feed The Need was a huge success, raising $40,000 for The River Food Pantry!

Over 400 attendees visited Madison College's new culinary space on Sunday April 2nd to enjoy local flavors from 19 Madison Originals restaurants, distilleries, wineries, and beer from Ale Asylum. Music filled the space thanks to Sortin' The Mail, Cliff Frederiksen, and Erin Krebs Duo. Attendees also got to enjoy a wine pull, 50/50 raffle, a tour of the new state-of-the-art culinary facility, and thanks to Madison Originals, a live auction basket with a value of $900! Special guest Kyle Cherek, host of Wisconsin Foodie, walked the room taking photos and enjoying the delicious flavors.

Money raised will provide 3 months worth of food at The River Food Pantry. The River distributes 192,000 pounds of food every month to roughly 2,600 Dane County families struggling to put food on the table. Each month, The River also distributes roughly 2,400 lunches to children and teenagers directly in their neighborhoods on non-school days with our mobile lunch program-MUNCH

Raise a glass. Raise spirits. Raise awareness.

See more photos from the event on our Facebook page.

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 Photos courtesy of Althea Dotzour and Michelle Wimmer.

Watch NBC15's coverage on the event.

Thanks again to National Guardian Life Insurance Company and Dotty Dumpling's Dowry for being presenting sponsors this year.

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Make a Difference With Thrivent

Did you know if you're a Thrivent member, you can recommend where some of Thrivent Financial's charitable outreach funds go.

Thrivent members have Thrivent Choice Dollars that can be donated to The River Food Pantry! Members become eligible for Thrivent Choice based on insurance premiums, contract values and Thrivent volunteer leadership. Click here to learn more about Thrivent Dollars.

 

Thrivent members can also make an immediate impact on The River Food Pantry by creating a one-time fundraiser with a Thrivent Action Team. Benefit members are eligible to lead two Thrivent Action Teams per calendar year, and associate members are eligible to lead one per calendar year. Click here to learn more about Thrivent Action Teams.

 

A volunteer coordinated a Thriven Action team last year and held a Food Drive Blitz which raised over $1,500 and 1,700 pounds of food. Read more about the blitz here.

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Contact Staci Lein from Thrivent Financial if you have any questions regarding your membership.

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Meet Angela

It's More Than Just Food At The Pantry

 

For the past 11 years, The River Food Pantry’s mission has been to help individuals and families struggling to make ends meet by providing food, clothing, and meals while also connecting with the community and contributing to a greater good. Angela


There are many reasons why a person walks through The River’s door, many need that little assistance of the pantry so they can pay their bills and rent on time. For others, there simply would not be food on the table if it wasn’t for The River Food Pantry. Angela has been shopping at The River on and off for the past 5 years. “It hasn’t always been like this for me,” Angela recalls after having her car loaded with bags full of food from the pantry. “Everything changed when I had my son, Thor, and became a stay at home mom.” Angela’s husband works long hours as a cab drive but the one source of income just isn’t enough for the family to make ends meet on their own.


Angela said she’s so thankful for a place like The River because her family is not always able to purchase groceries with their budget. “We simply do not have enough money,” Angela stated. “It’s really unfortunate that we have to rely on the pantry for a source of food at times but without it, I don’t know what we’d do.”


Not only is The River a place for Angela and her family to receive clothes and groceries, it’s an environment that she feels comfortable to open up to. At a young age, Thor was diagnosed with autism, “I can still recall telling the news to Rhonda, The River’s Operations Director, when he was first diagnosed,” Angela recalls. “She hugged me and reassured me that everything was going to be okay, and she was right…He’s my own little super hero.”


Guests who visit The River not only receive fresh, nutritious food and basic necessities, but they also enjoy the simple pleasure of decency, compassion and dignity. The River understands behind every plate and every product, there’s a person and a neighbor in need. With the help of volunteers and donors, people like Angela know they have a place for food, clothing, comfort and a place to connect with others in the community. “I know it’s going to get better,” Angela shared with a smile. “I’m just glad we have this place to rely on for right now.”

 

Read more about Angela and how The River has helped her in the 2017 Spring Newsletter.

 

 

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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
Email: info@riverfoodpantry.org

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.