(608) 442-8815


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

“For me, food security is the foundation for everything.  If you have that - by using the pantry if needed - you can think about getting a better job, helping your kids with homework, working on your relationships, etc.  Without food security, everything is a much bigger struggle.”


Donor & Volunteer

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

See the Pantry Publications.Arrow

8th Annual Harvest Dinner 2017


Tickets are now available for our 2017 Harvest Dinner for Hunger taking place on Sunday, October 1 at The East Side Club.

purchase tickets

$65/person or $520/table of eight. 250 tickets are available and we expect the event to sell out. Make plans to join us at this special night to raise awareness and money to help our Dane County neighbors who are struggling to put food on their table. 


4:30 p.m. Doors Open! Cash bar with live music, appetizers, silent auction, raffles, and games.
6 p.m.  Program featuring inspirational stories from those personally touched by The River, and dinner from Madison Original restaurants.

New this year! The River is excited to partner with Madison Originals restaurants to bring local flavors to the Harvest Dinner. Each course will be presented by a different restaurant for attendees to enjoy: Brasserie V-appetizers, Porta Bella Restaurant-salad, Liliana's-soup, CIRC-main entree and Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery-dessert. 

The program will again be emceed by NBC Channel 15's evening news anchor John Stofflet.

Interested in helping with The River's largest fundraiser of the year?  

Join our growing list of corporate sponsors for the Harvest Dinner for Hunger. Discuss sponsorship opportunities with Development Director Amy Lord,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are also looking for donations to our silent auction, pick a prize raffle and restaurant gift certificate raffle. Would you or your business be interested in donating services, discounts, gift cards, an unforgetable experience, or a raffle item? Contact Communications Coordinator Hannah Becker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to get more information. 

With generous contributions from our sponsors:




 old national2





    Barlow Logo     Campk9logo          

         MGEFoundationLogoGreen   northanimalhospital   

morgan stanley  The Witt Goninen Group


Friends of The River

Dentistry for Madison      UW Credit Union     Oak Park Place        

Park Bank              DCI Property Management

And with generous support from our partners:

  LogoMO     inkworks   eastsideclub      

Leave your comments

terms and condition.
  • No comments found
Share this post
FaceBook  Twitter     
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.