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“I can’t believe I’m just hearing about The River and it’s right in my neighborhood! I am so glad for a place to donate clothes where I know it will go directly to people in need. I am talking up The River to all my friends.” 


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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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Gina Leahy - Administrative Assistant


My name is Gina Leahy and I have been with the River Food Pantry since July 2014.  I came to The River because I was looking for an opportunity to help people and make a difference in the Madison community.  I am inspired by the many people who come to The River and by their stories.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, working out, shopping and cooking.   I am also an avid book-lover.

My heroes are my dad and my uncle.  They both have been through so much and still they are always positive.  I love a wide variety of music, especially 80’s music and my favorite band is REO Speedwagon.  My favorite sports teams are:  Drake University Crew team (my daughter rows for Drake) and Mendota Rowing Club (which has been such an important part of our family for many years).  Being from Green Bay, I cheer for the Packers and I'm Badger Fan.


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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.