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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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Tasty Summer Events

We have some tasty events for you to attend this summer where you'll support local businesses and The River Food Pantry!

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events!


Madison Burger Week

Isthmus is hosting its first ever Madison Burger Week from July 28th to August 4th! Madison Burger Week is a week-long, citywide celebration showcasing the best burgers of Madison. Join the search to crown Madison's favorite burger. Some restaurants will showcase a burger from their menu and others will concoct something new for you to try. Participating restaurants will give $1 to The River Food Pantry for every burger sold throught the week. Budweiser is also going to donate $1 for every Bud sold at participating restaurants to The River. Thank you Wisconsin Beef Council for sponsoring this fun event!

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Yum Yum Fest

Don't miss this year's Yum Yum Fest on Sunday, August 6th at the Breese Stevens Field! Yum Yum Fest is a celebration of artistry in food held in Madison by the Madison Area Chef's Network. The organizers have committed to a minimum donation of $5,000 to both the Community Action Coalition Double Dollars Program and The River Food Pantry! Be sure to purchase your tickets before they sell out! 

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Yola's Waffle Creation

Each month Yola's Cafe creates a special donation waffle creation and donates $1 of each of those waffles sold to a local non-profit. Support The River Food Pantry by visiting Yola's in the month of August to enjoy their Smore's Waffle! Sounds tasty, doesn't it?!

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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.