(608) 442-8815



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“For me, food security is the foundation for everything.  If you have that - by using the pantry if needed - you can think about getting a better job, helping your kids with homework, working on your relationships, etc.  Without food security, everything is a much bigger struggle.”


Donor & Volunteer

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

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 Food drive aims to help pantries during slow donation season

WMTV /, April 2017

WMTV /, April 2017
WMTV /, March 2017 
WISC-TV / Channel 3000, January 2017


WKOW / December 2016 
WMTV /, December 2016 




Local food pantry in need of winter clothing donations

WMTV /, January 2015


Non-profits hope to make the most of 2015

WISC-TV / Channel 3000, January 2015


No Time to Wait - It's a new year and a new chance to make the city better

Madison Magazine, January 2015




The River Bakery's First Year Successfully Risen

Northside News, December 2014


The After-Season Harvest: from farm to food pantry

Northside News, December 2014


Madison Community Foundation funds baker training, other programs to fight poverty

The Capital Times, November 2014


Food bank offers free family portraits

WISC-TV / Channel 3000, November 2014


Community Connections

CW57 Television, October 2014


Northside Groups Collaborate to Provide Fresh Foods, Job Training

Northside News, February 2014




The Invisible Faces of Hunger

 Madison Magazine, October 2013




Packer Game Tailgate Package Donated to The River's Charity Auction

September 17, 2012


3rd Annual Harvest Dinner for Hunger Tickets Go on Sale

September 1, 2012


AARP The Magazine Inspire Awards, 2012




AARP Foundation Hunger Hero December, 2011


2011 Madison Magazine People of the Year - Andy & Jenny are on the second page

Cap Times,  October 26, 2011

Andy Czerkas wins AARP Award

November 16, 2011 NBC 15


Andy and Jenny, an interview after winning the National Jefferson Award


Andy and Jenny accepting the National Jefferson Award


Andy and Jenny at the National Jefferson Award Welcome Dinner


Andy and Jenny win National Jefferson Award

June 21, 2011WKOW 27


Someone You Should Know.  Andy and Jenny win the Jefferson Award.
January 13, 2011  WKOW 27


Founders of The River Food Pantry Receive Prestigious Award

Northside News, August 2011




Northside News July 2009


Northside News May 2009


Madison Mayor's blog 5-5-2009


In Business Magazine January 2009





Madison:Capital Times 10/8/2008


Red Cross Award Spring 2008





Isthmus Daily Page 10-8-2007





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.