(608) 442-8815



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“I can’t believe I’m just hearing about The River and it’s right in my neighborhood! I am so glad for a place to donate clothes where I know it will go directly to people in need. I am talking up The River to all my friends.” 


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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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Current Needs

Our older, donated washing machine and dryer are having trouble. We launder at least one load of aprons and kitchen towels daily. An efficient, working washer and dryer are critical! 

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Help keep our slippery floors clean and dry with several commercial quality doorway mats.  The kind that traps the snow and other debris from tracking up the floors.

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Do you have broken or unused appliances, electronics, lamps, extension cords, etc? Simply cut off the cord (make sure it is unplugged!!!) and bring it to The River. And, we'll take those old cell phones. A local recycling company will give a donation to The River in exchange for your old cell phone batteries and power cords.

Do you have any old keys?  We take them for recycling too!

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Food drives collect a variety of food, which is great for stocking pantry shelves. They also spread the word about The River and hunger in our community. Please consider organizing a food drive at work, school, church, organization or neighborhood. We can provide barrels, to request please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or simply bring in the collected food during regular donation hours, Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm.

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Current Needs

"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.