(608) 442-8815


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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."


The River is Dane County's busiest food pantry and in 2014 welcomed 29,333 family visits.

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The River gives away 37,000 pounds of food every week.

Each week, 600 Dane County families shop at The River for groceries, personal care items, household items and clothing. The River needs your help to keep the shelves stocked with a variety of items.

The River welcomes your donations of:

Food Items:

  • Canned proteins such as tuna or chicken
  • Canned pasta meals with meat
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned soups
  • Canned pasta sauces
  • Meat expanders such as Hamburger Helper or Tuna Helper
  • Pasta
  • Boxed cereals
  • Gluten Free items
  • Vegan items

Personal Care Items:

  • Soap
  • Lotion
  • Toilet paper
  • Diapers
  • Vitamins
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Feminine hygiene products

Drop of donations Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm

at The River Food Pantry, 2201 Darwin Rd, Madison, WI 53704.

The River is a 501(c) (3) charity, the value of your donation is 100% tax deductible.

The River will also accept your donations of clothing, furniture and household items...

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 Adjudication and Compliance, 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.