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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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Andy Czerkas - Director


I grew up in northwestern Ohio, graduated from Bowling Green State University and then taught high school in Elyria Ohio. I came to Madison, like so many others to attend the UW and like so many others, fell in love with the city and decided to stay here. Until 2013 I was an information technology instructor at Madison College.

Early in our marriage, Jenny and I decided to spend a big part of our lives serving others. So in 2000, Jenny and I started to be involved with the Packer Townhouse and Northport Apartment neighborhoods. A group from our church joined together with the staff and residents of the neighborhoods to provide monthly community dinners, Christmas parties and back to school picnics.

In 2005 we started the River Food Pantry, as a response to needs expressed by our friends in those neighborhoods. I love my work at The River and the people we serve. In my free time, I like to read. Jenny and I also love to travel.


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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.