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“For me, food security is the foundation for everything.  If you have that - by using the pantry if needed - you can think about getting a better job, helping your kids with homework, working on your relationships, etc.  Without food security, everything is a much bigger struggle.”


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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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Cassie’s Story

Cassie made her second visit to The River a few weeks ago during the noon pantry session. The young woman took extra time while going through the client registration to stop and thank Jenny, saying how utterly thankful she was for The River. Cassie works as a nanny, and when the kids are sick or the family is out of town, she doesn't work. The irregularity in her work severely cut into her income this past month. She had enough to cover the main bills--rent and utilities, but food was a last priority and the money had run out. Cassie said, "My cupboards are empty. Without The River I would really be freaking out." This had happened one other time a few months back. Like many of our clients, Cassie uses The River as her last resort. The River is a social safety net that makes the difference between empty and full cupboards, and between stress and security for people like Cassie.

Thanks to all of you who give of your time and resources to help The River give hope to people like Cassie.

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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.