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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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Breakfast Fundraiser Sunday, June 10

Sunday, June 10


At the Northside Farmers Market (Corner of Sherman Ave and Northport Dr)

Pancakes, eggs, sausage and juice and coffee for only $8.

The River Food Pantry will host its 2nd annual Summertime Benefit Brunch on Sunday, June 10 with all proceeds going to feed hungry families in Dane County. The fundraiser will be held at the Northside Farmers Market at the Northside TownCenter (on the corner of Northport Dr. and N. Sherman Ave.) from 9am to 1pm.

In addition to great food, there will fun for everyone. Meet Maynard G. Mallard, the Madison Mallards’ mascot, from 9-10am. Guests can enter to win a Family-4-Pack of Mallards tickets. Folksinger Skip Jones will perform and balloonist, Mike Farnham, will make balloon creations.

All breakfast-goers will have the opportunity to win cash tokens good for purchasing the fresh, locally grown produce, organics, meats and eggs available from the vendors at the Northside Farmers Market.

With every $10 the event raises, The River Food Pantry will be able to provide $100 worth of food to its clients.

Last year, the Summertime Benefit Brunch raised $2,000 which provided $20,000 worth of food to needy families.

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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. 

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.