(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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View when MUNCH will be at the following neighborhoods every weekend and on non-school days:

Vera Ct (in front of 714 Vera Ct.) 12-12:15pm
Woodland Park  12:20-12:35pm
Brentwood (on Trailsway) 12:40-12:55pm
Packers Townhouses 1-1:15pm
Northport Apartments 1:20-1:35pm
Kipling Dr. (Corner of Scott Dr.)


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(608) 442-8815


MUNCH added a new text service to notify MUNCHers that the MUNCH van is on its way to your neighborhood! Simply text the name of your neighborhood (i.e. Vera Court) to the MUNCH cell phone. Once we receive your number initially, we will text you when the MUNCH van is on its way to your neighborhood. We will also text if we are unable to deliver due to bad weather.

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.