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“I can’t believe I’m just hearing about The River and it’s right in my neighborhood! I am so glad for a place to donate clothes where I know it will go directly to people in need. I am talking up The River to all my friends.” 


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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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7th Annual Harvest Dinner Success!


Thank you for joining The River Food Pantry's team to Tackle Hunger in Dane County. The 2016 Harvest Dinner for Hunger was a great success. Guests enjoyed a 5-course dinner by Market Street Diner, live music by the talented Beth Kille, live and silent auctions, raffles and games! Over $44,000 was raised at the dinner. Money raised at the Harvest Dinner will go directly to the goods and services provided by The River which will support 600+ households every week, along with the mobile lunch program for kids and teens in six low income neighborhoods on Madison's north side. Enjoy more photos on our Facebook page. 

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8th Annual Harvest Dinner Success!

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The 2017 Harvest Dinner for Hunger was a great success! Guests enjoyed a 5-course dinner from Madison Originals restaurants, live music, a silent auction, raffles, and heard stories of those who have been touched by The River Food Pantry. $60,000 was raised from the dinner, with an additional $20,000 match we received from a generous donor. Money raised at the Harvest Dinner will go directly to the goods and services provided by The River, which supports 700 households every week, along with the mobile lunch program for children and teens on non-school days.

We'd like to take this time to thank everyone who helped make this event such a success! Thank you, Madison Originals restaurants for serving a delicious 5-course meal; Brasserie V, Porta Bella Restaurant, Liliana's Restaurant, CIRC, and Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery. Thank you The Dawg Bones and The Betsy Ezell Quartet for performing at our event. Thank you NBC Channel 15's evening news anchor John Stofflet, for once again being a fantastic emcee. And lastly, thank you to all the volunteers who helped at the event.

Enjoy more photos on our Facebook page.


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Eat Wings. Raise Funds.

Looking for a fun way to support The River Food Pantry?

Dine out at Buffalo Wild Wings (240 East Town Mall) and they will donate 10% of your total bill to The River!

When: Sunday, September 4 (11am-11pm)

Where: Buffalo Wild Wings- 240 East Town Mall, East Towne Mall, Madison, WI

How: Print out a ticket below and present it to your server. 10% of your total bill will be donated to The River Food Pantry!

With Buffalo Wild Wings Eat Wings, Raise Funds. program, when you dine, they donate! Print out tickets and tell your friends.


Print out multiple tickets here.

 Have a question? Contact Communcations Coordinator Hannah Becker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


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The River Food Pantry Accepts Shopko Foundation's Community Charitable Grant for MUNCH

August 19, 2016 – Madison, WI. The River Food Pantry is a 2016 recipient of a grant awarded by Shopko Foundation's Community Charitable Grant Program.  The award of $500 will be used toward The River's mobile lunch program called Madison Unites to Nourish Children at Home (MUNCH). MUNCH addresses a basic need for both social and educational growth through a mobile, neighborhood program that brings lunch to children and teens every weekend and non-school day. MUNCH is currently bringing lunches every Saturday, Sunday and on non-school days at four north-side neighborhoods. Proper, consistent nutrition for children is vital to their success in school. It is known that the gap in education achievement of children in poverty is large, and the gap is present even before they start school.

"We had one site and served about twenty-five kids on our first weekend of MUNCH," The River's Meal Service Coordinator Dani said. "As we are about to go into our twelfth weekend, we now have four sites and serve over one-hundred kids each day. This grant is very appreciated and will help fund the expansion of MUNCH into our next site. Thank you Shopko Foundation!"

Shopko District Manager Ron Davenport and Shopko Managers Jim Sarbacker, Matt Hoks and Mike Blattner presents a $500 check to The River staff.


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American Family Insurance Interns Focus on The River at Share Tank

Four summer interns at American Family Insurance selected The River Food Pantry as their non-profit for Share Tank. American Family Insurance’s “Share Tank” project required ten teams of interns to select a local non-profit organization, interview its managers, identify a need for the business and then develop a solution to the need. “Right away I knew I wanted to do The River Food Pantry for this project,” Intern Emmy Swift said. “I wanted to be involved with a non-profit that’s hands on with the people they are impacting.” Like the television program, "Shark Tank", the teams then created a proposal and pitched it to a panel of judges at the American Family Insurance headquarters on Thursday, July 28.

During their presentation, interns Cyan Zhong, Swift, Precious Baah and Kevin Stubbs expressed the need for more space at The River Food Pantry and pitched an idea to invest in a new warehouse for The River. The team asserted the issues they experienced with The River functioning in an 11,000 square ft warehouse and how a building with at least 23,000 square ft. could make a major impact for The River.

During their presentation, Zhong said, “Investing in a new warehouse for The River would provide a bigger roof for the community in need.” After their presentation, the interns noted how much they enjoyed working on this project and volunteering at The River Food Pantry. Intern Swift even noted that she plans to continue volunteering at public shopping sessions with her and a few friends.

The River Food Pantry was proud to be part of "Share Tank" and all the work the interns put into this project.


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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.