(608) 442-8815


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

"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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Spring Cleaning
Garage Sale & Spring Cleaning   
It's that time of year again!
Are you planning to host a garage sale this spring?
Don't forget you can support The River while doing so!
Consider donating part of the proceeds from your garage sale to The River.
We can purchase $100 worth of food for just a $10 donation!
You can also drop off your gently used clothing, household items, blankets, and towels after the sale.These items are offered free of charge to those using The River Food Pantry. 
  • Clothing, all sizes and genders
  • Towels and bedding
  • Kitchen items, especially cookware and dishes
  • Toys
  • Miscellaneous household items (decor, lamps, etc.)
  • Furniture
Donations can be dropped off Monday - Friday between 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
We will take your cold weather items until April 30.
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Mother's Day Cards

Say it with LOVE this Mother's Day!

Mothers Day Card Sample

Make Mother's Day extra-special this year

Make a donation of at least $25 to The River Food Pantry in honor of your Mother (or any great motherly person in your life)

Mom gets a beautiful card telling her how much you care

Your donation benefits The River and helps other Moms feed their kids

Two ways to order:

1) Order online here (Before you finalize your donation, there is a "Please add a comment if desired" box. Identify this donation is for a Mother's Day Card, and include your mom's name and address, and submit your donation.)

2) Print off and fill out this form and mail it to The River with your donation


Please make donations by Monday, May 2 to guarantee your inspirational mother receives her card by Mother's Day on Sunday, May 8.

Thank you!

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Feed the Need

Feed The Need Success!

Thank you for joining The River Food Pantry's first tasting event, Feed the Need! Over 400 guests enjoyed a fabulous variety of local flavors from 18 Madison Originals' restaurants and members, Ale Asylum beer and entertained by the talented Soggy Prairie Boys and The Oak Street Ramblers. Charlie Shortino and special guest, Wisconsin Foodie host, Kyle Cherek emceed the tasting event. Money raised at Feed the Need will go directly to the goods and services provided by The River.


Raise a glass. Raise spirits. Raise awareness.

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Photos courtesy of Althea Dotzour and Joe Mercurio

More photos can be found on our Facebook Page.

Video courtesy of DullBoy Media

Special thanks to our partners:

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And generous contributions from our sponsors:

Platinum Plate

Golden Goblet 

       BradleyFarms Corp     firstbusinessbank    tasc

  Cindy & Ted Witt | Kathryn & Ron Curio

Silver Spoon

Honkamp Krueger & CO | State Collection Service Inc.

And generous support from media outlets: 

Madison Essentials Magazine  Edible Madison Magazine


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Fun on Ice Recap

A Cold but Successful Fun on Ice!

Temperatures reaching into the single digits didn’t stop families from coming out to support The River Food Pantry at the second annual Fun on Ice!

The event, held at The East Side Club, brought in roughly $2,000 towards the pantry!

Bucky Badger and D.C. Eagle walked the room high fiving and posing for pictures.

NBC15 am weather anchor Amy Carlson bundled up and took on the event’s emcee role.

The UW Band came back this year performing on the ice as well as inside The East Side Club.

Everyone enjoyed hot soup from Good Food, mac and cheese and chili from The Old Fashioned and delcious treats from The River Bakery.

Many left the event with a fun prize from the pick a prize raffle featuring great gifts from local businesses.

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 go towards purchasing nutritional food to be distributed at the pantry.

Thanks again Good Food, The Old Fashioned and Starbucks in Monona for providing delicious food and hot coffee.


 Also, a big thank you to our sponsors: Circle M Marketing, Oak Bank, Summit Credit Union, and Windward Consulting.

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Here's a few pictures from the event... 

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2nd Annual Fun on Ice!

Join the fun at FUN ON ICE!

Back by popular demand, lace up your skates and join us for an afternoon of winter excitement on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. The River is hosting a family-friendly FUNdraiser on the ice of Lake Monona at The East Side Club on Monona Drive. NBC Channel 15 weekend anchor and winter weather guru, Amy Carlson will be the event's emcee. 

The Old Fashioned is providing chili and mac & cheese, Good Food Madison will be serving homemade soup, and River Bakery treats will be available for sample and for sale. Bucky Badger will hit the ice at 1:30 and DC  Eagle from The Madison Capitols will arrive at 2:15. The UW Marching Band has also been invited! We will even have ice skates available if you don't have a pair.

Tickets will be available for a pick-a-prize raffle with a chance to win great prizes from local businesses, like Hotel Red, Fontana, Sconnie apparel, 5th Element Coffee, and Starbucks in Monona. 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..

Don't skate? Don't worry. Come and enjoy good food and good fun!

$10 suggested donation. 

The River would like to thank volunteers Mary Zinn and Helen Jones for planning this event. Over $2,000 was raised in 2015 with 200 attendees. Our goal is to raise $4,000 with double the attendance. Thank you to our sponsors: Oak Bank, Summit Credit Union, Windward Consulting and Circle M Marketing. 

Click here to view the Fun on Ice Facebook event page to RSVP and share with friends!

Interested in helping at the event? Sign up to volunteer at



 Here's a few pictures from the 2015 event... 

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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.