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“I never dreamed in a million years that I’d be using a food pantry. I was laid off and my 99 weeks of unemployment just ran out. I almost cried the last couple weeks I’ve been here. I am just so thankful for The River.”


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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's MUNCH free lunch program gets an upgrade, chance to expand with new van

The Cap Times, August 2017

Great Lakes Higher Education celebrates 50 years by giving back

WKOW 27, August 2017

Great Lakes celebrates anniversary by giving back

Channel3000, Neil Heinen editorial, August 2017

More Wisconsin families are pulling themselves out of poverty, but help still needed

The Cap Times, August 2017

 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.