(608) 442-8815



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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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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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rhonda2  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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Hannahb Hannah Becker- Communications Specialist

"I feel lucky to go to work everyday knowing that I'm part of this team that is dedicated to making a difference!"

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Brad Brad Boyle- Operations Manager

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Staff gary Gary Barnes- Operations Supervisor

"Seeing all the smiles on both our adults and children faces make it all worthwhile at the end of each of our sessions."

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Cindy Fager- Office/Volunteer Manager

"I love making people smile and laugh."

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JonBio 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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Noelle Smith- Community Meals Manager

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Michele 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

"I love interacting with our shoppers."

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Jemal Jemal Massie- Security/Pantry Assistant

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Jonl Jon Lund- Pantry Assistant

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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.