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"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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ReMitts are Back!

What better way to stay warm during Wisconsin’s cold winter months than with one-of-a-kind mittens that benefit local food pantries! The Re-Mitt project, a volunteer run organization, have been raising funds for Dane County food pantries since 2009. Last year, they raised $50,000!

ReMittsEach pair of ReMitt mittens are hand crafted by volunteers. The mittens are 100% recycled- made from old donated wool sweaters. The volunteers felt the sweaters and then craft them into beautiful wool mittens. Better yet, no two pairs are alike!

Like The River Food Pantry, the Remitt Project does not like anything going to waste. These forgotten sweaters were on their way to landfills, but are now beautiful mittens that benefit hundreds of people in Dane County struggling to make ends meet. The love and patience it takes to make each pair is visible. It takes the volunteers about three hours to make one pair, including washing the sweaters, cutting, and hand sewing.

Keep your hands warm this winter while helping pantries keep their shelves stocked with food. The project expects to surpass the $250,000 raised mark this season! Stop by the following stores to purchase your own unique pair of mittens.

            UPS Store North- 1213 N Sherman Ave

            UPS Store East- 4230 E Towne Blvd

            DuWayne’s Salon- 2114 N Sherman Ave

            Klein’s Greenhouse- 3758 E Washington Ave

            Barriques- 2166 Atwood Ave

            Yahara Bay Distillery- 6250 Nesbitt Rd. #200

            Cool Beans Coffee Cafe- 1748 Eagan Rd.

Mittens- $35

Wisconsin/Bucky- $45

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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

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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. 

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