(608) 442-8815


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“I have always been the type of person that hates to ask for help. With the struggles I have had trying to find a job, I had to lower my pride and walk into the door at The River. The volunteers and helpers were so kind to me and explained what I needed to do. I ended up with more groceries than I ever imagined I would receive. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting food back on my table!”


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

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

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. Please find out more about The River.

Help The River SOAR!

The River Food Pantry is participating in strategic planning through Appreciative Inquiry and the SOAR process. Appreciative Inquiry discovers the best in people, organizations and systems, and builds upon those strengths to create positive change. The process looks at Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results (SOAR). We invite you to get involved. We want to focus on the strengths of The River, the many accomplishments, values, and attributes of The River. We want to bring the very best of the past forward and build upon it to determine The River's future. 



 The River is Hiring

Director of Advancement

The River Food Pantry, Inc. is seeking a dynamic and results-oriented Director of Advancement to realize bold goals and implement a strategic vision for an organization that recently welcomed a new Executive Director/CEO and is poised for a sustained period of growth. Click here to learn more and apply.


Food Stocker/ Driver

The Food Stocker/Driver provides support to the general operations of the warehouse, including but not limited to warehouse storage and distribution of groceries and assisting with the mobile lunch program. Click here to learn more and apply.


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.