(608) 442-8815



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“I have always been the type of person that hates to ask for help. With the struggles I have had trying to find a job, I had to lower my pride and walk into the door at The River. The volunteers and helpers were so kind to me and explained what I needed to do. I ended up with more groceries than I ever imagined I would receive. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting food back on my table!”


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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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Say "Hello" to The River Team!


Charles McLimans- Executive Director

"For me this is much more than a job, it is a vital ministry that builds and strengthens community by providing hope, dignity, and abundance to those who are marginalized by society."

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Andy  Andy Czerkas- Founder & Director

"Early in our marriage, Jenny and I decided to spend a big part of our lives serving others..."

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Jenny   Jenny Czerkas-  Founder & Director

"Growing up on a family farm just outside of Sun Prairie, feeding people is in my DNA..."

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rhondanew  Rhonda Adams - Operations Director and Volunteer Coordinator

"My life has been about service; twenty-one years in the Army, and now I serve as Operations Director at The River..."

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Amy cropped Amy Lord -Development Director

 "I love talking with people and hearing their stories! You don't know what you will learn each day until you stop and listen to what others around you have to say." 

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julie1 Julie McCoubrey-Lunch Program Manager

"I am so thankful God brought me to The River Food Pantry and I look forward to serving God through loving others for many days to come."

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Dwayne Dwayne Jordan- Pantry Manager

"I love being a part of a team that shows compassion and love. Bringing the community together."

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william1  William Berkan-Kitchen Manager

"I have never been happier to go to work, knowing that I am helping people and making them happy with food."

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Hannah Hannah Becker- Communications Specialist

"I love being a part of a team that is dedicated to making a difference!"

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Jon Jon Clark- Warehouse Coordinator

"I truly love working at a place that helps people."

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Joey Joey Dunscombe - Lunch Program Coordinator

"I'm honored to be a part of this team of hard working people doing good thigns."

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Michele Withers- Administrative Assistant

"I have the opportunity to continue to meet such incredible people in the community."

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Bill Bill Littel-Driver and Pantry Assistant

"I love interacting with our shoppers."

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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.