(608) 442-8815


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"I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to volunteer. It was my first experience volunteering at the River Food Pantry and it definitely will not be my last. You were so welcoming and friendly. You truly run a top notch organization. The system is well planned out, the selection of available items was amazing and you have a great staff of volunteers. I had a lot of fun and I think the work you do for the community is wonderful."


First Time Volunteer

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

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Join The River's team! We are currently looking for interns to help with marketing/events and communication/grant research.

Marketing/Events Intern

Communication and Grant Research Intern


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

"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

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

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rhondanew  Rhonda Adams - Director of Volunteer Engagement & Operations

"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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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/ Program Assistant

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

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Bill Bill Littel- Truck 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.