(608) 442-8815



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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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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.

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Join The River Food Pantry on Sunday, October 9 and Tackle Hunger at the 7th Annual Harvest Dinner for Hunger.


The River is hiring!

Are you team oriented and passionate about helping others? The River Food Pantry is looking for a self-motivated and personable driver who is dedicated to making a change in the Madison community. pdfTruck Driver59.14 KB

Does helping oversee a program that encompasses food service, children, and community engagement sound fun and exciting? We are also looking for someone to help with the mobile lunch program, MUNCH, (Madison Urban Nutritional Children's Hotspot). pdfLunch Program Coordinator64.59 KB


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.