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"As a business leader on Madison's north side, I believe it is critical for us to partner with organizations like The River Food Pantry. They bring a valuable service to the community and support families that need emergency assistance."

Bill Haight
President, Magna Publications

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

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Rhonda Adams - Director of Volunteer Engagement & Operations


I was taught early on to serve others when and where I could. My sister and I were raised in a Christian household and learned the teachings of Jesus at a young age. “What you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me.” My life has been about service; twenty-one years in the Army, and now I serve as Operations Director at The River.

Before I came to The River, I was employed ten years as a Division Sales Manager with Avon Products Inc. Leaving the profit-driven corporate world to work at a purpose-driven local food pantry has been a rewarding change and a wonderful fit for me. I spend my days working with our volunteers and clients, linking those who want to help with those in need. I observe every day how my work and the efforts of many others make a positive difference in the lives of those we touch. We’ve all had our share of obstacles and that will always be part of life. I am here as a listening ear, a smiling face, and someone to talk to. I enjoy interacting with our clients and volunteers.

I’m married with two adult sons, Aaron and Elijah. We have three dogs, Nacho, a rescue Chihuahua, and 2 miniature Yorkipoos, Sammy and Simba. They’re terrific lap warmers and full of love. My husband Jim and I enjoy long walks, traveling when we can, and time near water – whether it’s Tenney Park, on a cruise, or in Mexico. I like to cook and bake and try new recipes. We’re fond of Mexican food and Friday Night fish frys when we have the chance to dine out.


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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

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.