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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."

Kari
Client

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

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Your gift to The River, stays right here in your community. The River is Dane County's busiest food pantry and a local, grassroots non-profit.

The River is an independent, non-profit agency, unaffiliated with any church, government, or corporate entity. The River depends on your donations. For every dollar donated to , 97 cents directly funds food, services, utilities, rent, programs and everything else it takes to get food directly to those who need it. While we receive help from businesses, foundations, churches and other philanthropic organizations, over 60% of The River's budget is provided by individual donors. The River is a 501(c) (3) charity and your donations are 100 percent tax deductible.

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 This is what $10 can purchase at a store.              This is what $10 can provide at The River.

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With every $10 donated to The River, we are able to give away $100 worth of food, an effect we call the Power of 10.

 

What impact does $100 worth of groceries have on a family who shops at The River? Jamie, a mom of two, described it like this:
“The River makes a huge difference for us. When we come here I get canned goods and healthy food for the kids that they actually like such as granola bars, yogurt or cereal. We can’t afford to buy those items, and I know it seems like a small thing, but it’s a big deal for them. We’ve been coming here for a year and the money we save really helps our budget options.”

How does the Power of 10 work? 

Access to a low-cost food supply, minimal administrative overhead costs (3 cents for every $1 donated in 2014!), and a relentless focus on offering the most that we possibly can to our clients makes for a streamlined system of food distribution that leverages donations to The River to their greatest giving potential.

 

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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
Email: river@riverfoodpantry.org

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.