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The River connects community to compassion.

Serving Dane County since 2006, The River Food Pantry counts on neighbors to help neighbors in need. The River is the area’s busiest pantry serving groceries, community meals, mobile lunches, clothing and household goods to those who are struggling to make ends meet. The River’s mission is to bring a message of mercy and hope to those in need by providing nutritional basics and encouragement.

The River Food Pantry was recently featured in an episode of the Emmy award winning Wisconsin Foodie!

An Update On MUNCH; Summer of 2018

This summer, you might have received a letter in the mail from us. This letter was in support of our mobile lunch program, MUNCH. We wanted to update our community members about the progress of the...

The River and American Family Dreamer’s Foundation- ShareTank Challenge 2018

  Four summer interns at American Family Insurance selected The River Food Pantry as their non-profit in 2018 for the third annual American Family Insurance Share Tank Intern Challenge....

2018 School Supplies Drive

  Back to school is right around the corner and The River knows there is a need in our community. At The River, we provide more than just food. We aim to provide the tools needed for children to...

Madison Fire Department Helps Deliver Lunches with MUNCH

The Madison Fire Department and the River Food Pantry shares the same vision for the community so it is only logical that we help each other.        - Fire Chief Steven Davis  This week we were...

The River Awarded Grant from Monsanto Fund

President & CEO Charles McLimans alongside Bill Boor of Monsanto The River has been humbled to continue a partnership with the Monsanto Fund since 2015. The Monsanto Fund focuses their partnerships...

Thank You Mason!

Bon Voyage, Mason! Celebrating a dedicated volunteer, Mason. Since January of this year, Mason has been volunteering with MUNCH. Every Sunday she helped us pack and deliver nutritious lunches to...

The River Awarded Grant From The Alliant Energy Foundation

                      The River Food Pantry is excited to accept a grant awarded by The Alliant Energy Foundation. The Alliant Energy Foundation awards grants to areas that focus on Education,...

Immanuel UMC Mission Trip 2018

            Youth Mission Trip makes an impact at The River Last week, The River graciously had help from a large mission group coordinated with Immanuel UMC Church. The group was composed of...

For the safety of the people we serve, our staff and volunteers, The River Food Pantry will close if the Madison Public Schools close due to inclement winter weather.