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The River connects community to compassion.

Serving Dane County since 2006, The River Food Pantry provides food, resources and faith to build a stronger community. Services include free groceries, meals and clothing, as well as free mobile lunches for children and teens on non-school days. As the area’s busiest food pantry, The River serves over 1,000 households every week in pursuit of its vision: a fully nourished community.

The River shares new vision with The Cap Times

The River Featured on Emmy Award Winning television series; Wisconsin Foodie!

Read our latest blog posts below!

H.O.P.E. for the Holidays

As Wisconsin's notoriously cold weather sets in, our minds and stomachs look forward to the holidays. From Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas hams, and everything in-between, a home-cooked meal with...

MUNCH: Lessons Learned

Written by Anna Novak, MUNCH Program Intern My summer interning with the MUNCH program was an incredible and invaluable learning experience. As I head back to school for my final semester, I will...

Take a Tour of The River

When you walk through our doors, you’re greeted by a smiling face—no matter who you are. People who visit The River—for assistance or to help others—come from all walks of life. When we have a...

The River Presents Vision for a Fully Nourished Community

MADISON, Wis. — September 13, 2018 — The River Food Pantry yesterday released a new strategic plan to guide the organization into the future. A Fully Nourished Community, The River’s Strategic Plan...

Appreciative Inquiry & The River

Over a year ago, The River embarked on a strategic planning journey. We used a process called Appreciative Inquiry. Part of this process involved holding a summit for all our stakeholders (clients,...

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...

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.