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

“I have always been the type of person that hates to ask for help. With the struggles I have had trying to find a job, I had to lower my pride and walk into the door at The River. The volunteers and helpers were so kind to me and explained what I needed to do. I ended up with more groceries than I ever imagined I would receive. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting food back on my table!”


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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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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!

Giving Tuesday 2016


Wow! The River Food Pantry is so grateful for all the donations received on #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back! The River received over $5,000 in donations! The River Food Pantry founders Amy & Jenny Czerkas also contributed a $5,000 matching gift for donations that came in on Tuesday, November 29th.

Wondering what the $10,000 can provide for The River?

$10,000 provides...

2 weeks of food for the pantry

2 commercial 3 door coolers

4 months of utlities

5,000 meals






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ReMitt Project

It may not be our typical cold Wisconsin winter just yet, but The River Food Pantry is here to keep you warm with the ReMitt Project!

ReMitt mittens are hand crafted by volunteers from a Blackhawk church women’s group. The mittens are 100% recycled- made from old wool sweaters. The women felt the sweaters and then craft them into beautiful (and really warm) wool mittens! Best of all- the sale of the mittens benefits The River Food Pantry! So your new mittens will not only keep your hands warm, but they will also warm your heart, because your purchase will help feed a family in need in Dane County.

Each pair of mittens is totally unique- you won’t find another pair like it! From bold colors to fun designs, there’s a pair of mittens for everyone’s style.

* Men’s and Women’s mittens: $30

* Men's and Women's fingerless mittens: $30

* Wisconsin Badger mittens: $40


ReMitt mittens are ONLY available until the end of December. Find them at the following locations:


Atwood Avenue

2166 Atwood Ave

Madison 53704


DuWayne's Salon

2114 N Sherman Avenue

Madison 53704


Klein’s Greenhouse

3758 E Washington Ave

Madison 53704


Table Wine

2045 Atwood Ave. #111

Madison 53704


The UPS Store – Northgate Shopping Center

1213 N. Sherman Avenue

Madison 53704


The UPS Store - Madison East

4230 East Towne Boulevard

Madison 53704


Yahara Bay Distillery

6250 Nesbitt Rd. #200

Madison 53719


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Gift of Gobble

It’s that time of year again. Imagine the stress many families in our north side community go through during the holiday season.   finishedturkey

For some, a $25 turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner cannot be added into their budget. You can help these struggling families by giving the “Gift of Gobble”.

In 2015, The River distributed 840 turkeys and/or hams during Thanksgiving week and served 950 meals at The River’s annual Thanksgiving Feast! In order to provide enough turkeys this year, The River needs your help.

Every time we receive 25 donated turkeys, our turkey gets a feather!


Here's How You Can Help:

-Donate $25 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 11 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.

Print out this flyer and host a drive at your church, business or with friends and neighbors! 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..


A big thanks to Nord Drive Systems for once again donating for the Gift Of Gobble!

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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.