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"The River is more family oriented than other food pantries I've been to. Other places basically kick you in and kick you out again. I know a lot of people who use The River.  It's made a real difference in their lives."


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

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Join the fun at FUN ON ICE!

Back by popular demand, lace up your skates and join us for an afternoon of winter excitement on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. The River is hosting a family-friendly FUNdraiser on the ice of Lake Monona at The East Side Club on Monona Drive. NBC Channel 15 weekend anchor and winter weather guru, Amy Carlson will be the event's emcee. 

The Old Fashioned is providing chili and mac & cheese, Good Food Madison will be serving homemade soup, and River Bakery treats will be available for sample and for sale. Bucky Badger will hit the ice at 1:30 and DC  Eagle from The Madison Capitols will arrive at 2:15. The UW Marching Band has also been invited! We will even have ice skates available if you don't have a pair.

Tickets will be available for a pick-a-prize raffle with a chance to win great prizes from local businesses, like Hotel Red, Fontana, Sconnie apparel, 5th Element Coffee, and Starbucks in Monona. If you have something to donate, please contact Hannah Becker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Don't skate? Don't worry. Come and enjoy good food and good fun!

$10 suggested donation. 

The River would like to thank volunteers Mary Zinn and Helen Jones for planning this event. Over $2,000 was raised in 2015 with 200 attendees. Our goal is to raise $4,000 with double the attendance. Thank you to our sponsors: Oak Bank, Summit Credit Union, Windward Consulting and Circle M Marketing. 

Click here to view the Fun on Ice Facebook event page to RSVP and share with friends!

Interested in helping at the event? Sign up to volunteer at



 Here's a few pictures from the 2015 event... 

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DSC01067     FoI hockey with DC Eagle    

FoI Skate with DC     fun on ice2     

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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.