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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!

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...

Happy MUNCH-versary!

As of June 2016, MUNCH is two years old!Madison Unites to Nourish Children at Home (MUNCH) has been providing healthy, nutritious food to Dane County children and teens directly in their...

Save The Date- Harvest Dinner

The River's 9th annual Harvest Dinner for Hunger is back! Join us on Sunday, October 21st at the beautiful Madison College. Enjoy a delicious meal, amazing silent auction, live music and more. We'll...

How You Can Help End Child Hunger This Summer

It’s hard to believe that Summer is right around the corner, but it is here and we need your help. During summer vacation hundreds of children and teens will not receive a school lunch that they...

Meet A Volunteer

Almost every Thursday you’ll find Dan sitting behind a table at The River with a stethoscope hanging on his neck, a blood pressure meter and notebook placed next to him and a smile on his face. He...

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.