(608) 442-8815


Would you like to help out? Check out how easy it is to serve at The River. Find out more.

“I can’t believe I’m just hearing about The River and it’s right in my neighborhood! I am so glad for a place to donate clothes where I know it will go directly to people in need. I am talking up The River to all my friends.” 


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

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Madison has a river—one flowing with food, faith, and friendship.

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Welcome to The River Food Pantry.

We are a nonprofit, volunteer driven, faith based community providing hot meals, groceries, clothing, and household items to Dane County families who are struggling to make ends meet. Our primary mission is to bring a message of mercy and hope to those in need by providing nutritional basics and encouragement. We strive to be worthy and honorable custodians of the gifts we receive on behalf of those we serve. For every dollar donated to us, over 97 cents goes toward food and services. And no one who comes to The River goes away hungry.

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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

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.