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"I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you. The River was a source of comfort for me a few years back when I lost a job. Before that, like many people seem to, I thought a food pantry was only for "bums". I was ashamed to go. But once there, I saw the people there were just like me - people who had simply fallen on bad luck, were having trouble making ends meet. It was a very respectful place, free from judgment. Thank you."


Former Client

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

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Give the Gift of Gobble this Thanksgiving!



The River Food Pantry needs your help providing Thanksgiving turkeys to our clients.  There are no turkeys available this year from our partner food banks, our source in the past.  We would love to see our clients get a turkey, so we’re setting a goal of collecting 1000 turkeys to give away! Would you consider donating a turkey to The River to help a family in need have an abundant Thanksgiving?

We also serve hundreds of Thanksgiving dinners with all the trimmings the Friday before Thanksgiving and we need your help supplying the turkeys for this meal.

Three ways you can help us give the gift of gobble:

  • Donate a turkey by Friday, November 9 that will be served up a week later for the annual River Thanksgiving Feast. We need 20-25 turkeys for our dinner.
  • Donate a turkey by Monday, November 19 at 5pm (at the latest), to be distributed to our client families for their own Thanksgiving celebrations. We are aiming for 1000 turkeys! Feel free to include all the trimmings!

Please spread the word to your churches, businesses, friends and neighbors. If you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can find our donation hours here.

Thank you!


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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

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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.