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.
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.