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"I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you. The River was a source of comfort for me a few years back when I lost a job. Before that, like many people seem to, I thought a food pantry was only for "bums". I was ashamed to go. But once there, I saw the people there were just like me - people who had simply fallen on bad luck, were having trouble making ends meet. It was a very respectful place, free from judgment. Thank you."


Former Client

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

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#Giving Tuesday- The "Reason for the Season"


After spending a day with friends and family giving thanks, we spend the next consecutive days getting deals (Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday). On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back!

#GivingTuesday kicks off the holiday giving season and inspires people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

#GivingTuesday is a reminder of the “reason for the season”, and you can participate by giving back to The River!

The program and services offered at The River are entirely funded by generous people like you who lend a helping hand to someone facing financial strain. Every act of generosity counts, and each means even more when we give together. Thanks to a generous donor, every donation given on #GivingTuesday will be matched! Last year we raised $10,000 on #GivingTuesday, this year we hope to double!

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Your dollars go a long way at The Rive Food Pantry.

$50 = Provides transportation for families with groceries on a Friday night

$100 = Provides food for five families a week

$250 = Keeps the trucks running to pick up 50,000 pounds of food weekly

$500 = Provides a community meal for 250 people

$1,000 = Purchases healthy, nutritious food for our mobile lunch program for two weekends

$1,500 = Every shopper can take home a gallon of milk and a dozen eggs for one week


Give online or better yet – come to The River on Giving Tuesday and make your donation in person!


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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.