(608) 442-8815



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"I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to volunteer. It was my first experience volunteering at the River Food Pantry and it definitely will not be my last. You were so welcoming and friendly. You truly run a top notch organization. The system is well planned out, the selection of available items was amazing and you have a great staff of volunteers. I had a lot of fun and I think the work you do for the community is wonderful."


First Time Volunteer

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

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External Audit Info

over 97 percent of each dollar you donate to The River goes directly to people in need!

The following information is condensed from our 2015 GAP audit:

Donated Materials & Services $3,645,698 Program Services - Food Pantry $4,228,187
General Contributions $777,625 Program Services - Bakery $124,512
Fundraising Income $11,225 Management & General $52,949
Interest Income $809 Fundraising $57,587
Total Revenue $4,435,357 Total Expenses $4,463,235

The formula for calculating the overhead ratio for charities as mandated by United Way for their public Combined Federal Campaign is:

[(Management & General) + (Fundraising)] ÷ Total Revenue = Overhead

So doing for The River in 2015 yields a quotient of only 2.5%:

[($52,949 + $57,587) ÷ $4,435,357] =2.5%

This means that 97 percent of each dollar you donate to The River goes directly to people in need, in the form of food and clothing. The full audit report and IRS Form 990 are available by request. Just contact us and ask.  Please see our annual report.

Also, please remember that The River is a 501(c) (3) charity, so your donations are 100 percent tax deductible, and there are many convenient ways to give:

  • You can mail us your check payable to The River Food Pantry at 2201 Darwin Rd, Madison, WI 53704
  • You can make a donation with your credit card online
  • You can set up a monthly electronic funds transfer from your savings or checking account
  • Use our online form to submit a giving commitment

And thank you!

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.