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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.”


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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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On Friday The River received a food donation from a company from whom we'd received a few things in the past. Previously, we had gotten a few boxes at a time of one of their products: some health bars--coconut something-or-other.

Last week this company called up The River to say they would be around Friday afternoon to drop off a donation. The semi was going to come up from Beloit.

Around 4pm the semi arrived with the donation. Their cargo: chocolate bars.

And not just chocolate bars--a half dozen varieties of 80% cacao dark chocolate bars--mint, cherry almond, solid dark...

And not just dark chocolate, but organic, fair trade dark chocolate. Cacao farmers were paid a living wage for the cacao beans that flavored these high quality chocolate bars.

And not just a a few boxes of dark chocolate bars, but 6 PALLETS of dark chocolate bars. Dozens of boxes on each pallet, scores of chocolate bars in each box. Thousands of chocolate bars!!!

It smelled like Heaven (or Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory...) at The River last Friday night and it tasted like Heaven, too! And the chocolate bars were free for the taking for client families that night. Can you just imagine God's pleasure at raining down such a free, extravagant gift on needy families in Madison? So sweet...literally.

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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

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