(608) 442-8815



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"The River is more family oriented than other food pantries I've been to. Other places basically kick you in and kick you out again. I know a lot of people who use The River.  It's made a real difference in their lives."


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

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Brat Fest 2012




Help The River raise funds by volunteering at Brat Fest 2012!!  
Here's how to sign up:


  • Log on to:
  • You will need to create a profile and select The River Food Pantry as the group you will be working with
    After creating a profile you will need to wait for the Admin to approve you. This can take up to 48 hours.brat_fest
  • Once you have been accepted you will receive an email stating you are allowed to sign up for shifts. Please log in using the username and password you created along with your profile.
  • When you are logged in you will see all the EVENTS you are allowed to sign up for.
  • Click the + button and you will see all of the available TASKS
  • Select the TASK you would like to volunteer for and then click the + button
  • You will then see all of the available times open for that task.
  • When you find the time you would like select the ADD SHIFT button
    You have just been assigned to a task. You will receive an email confirming your volunteer time.
  • You will then see the shift appear just under the volunteer’s name
  • Repeat the following steps if the volunteer is working more than one shift


Available shifts are on a first come, first served basis, if you no longer see available shifts they are either not opened to you group or are filled by other volunteers. Questions or concerns please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ONLY group leaders are allowed to delete shifts from any volunteer. If you sign up for a shift and then find you can not work it, the volunteer will need to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have the shift deleted from their profile.

**** Brat Fest reserves the right to cancel or shorten any shift due to but not limited to, inclement weather or lack of customer demand.





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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.