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"I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to volunteer. It was my first experience volunteering at the River Food Pantry and it definitely will not be my last. You were so welcoming and friendly. You truly run a top notch organization. The system is well planned out, the selection of available items was amazing and you have a great staff of volunteers. I had a lot of fun and I think the work you do for the community is wonderful."


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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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8th Annual Harvest Dinner Success!

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Did you attend the event? If so, please tell us what you thought by taking this short SURVEY

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.


Special thank to our sponsors:




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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

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.