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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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New to The River?

Donated to the pantry but it's been a few years?

Volunteered at The River and thought about donating to the cause?

A current River supporter and know someone who might be interested in getting involved as well?  

Now is the perfect time to get involved!

From July – September 30, The River has an opportunity to double new donations as part of a Second Harvest Foodbank Challenge Match. New donors can double their impact by giving a monetary gift to The River either online or with a check sent to 2201 Darwin Rd. Madison, WI 53704.

The River believes that in times of hardship, it shouldn’t be so hard to ask for help. So every day, in addition to fresh, nutritious food and basic necessities, shoppers enjoy the pleasure of decency, compassion, and dignity.

We invite new donors and those who have not donated in the past three years to donate today for DOUBLE the IMPACT. 

$10 = $20        $50 = $100        $100 = $200        $250 = $500                

Please consider a monetary gift to The River Food Pantry before September 30 to help us reach (or surpass) our challenge match goal of $5,000.

Add "Double" in the comment section or on the memo of the check.


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"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.