The River Food Pantry – Dane County, WI

The River and all our programs will be CLOSED Friday, March 1 for cleaning and staff development.

Whenever The River is closed, a limited supply of food is available in our emergency food lockers. Learn more here.

Our Mission

Food, resources and faith to build a stronger community

Our Vision

A fully nourished community

About Us
The River is South Central Wisconsin’s busiest food pantry. Services include free groceries and freshly prepared meals for pickup or delivery, online grocery orders, mobile meals, and emergency food lockers. The River also redistributes rescued food and resources to local partners to increase access while minimizing waste. Since 2006, The River has grown to serve over 2,500 people every week in pursuit of its vision: a fully nourished community.

Support The River this February through Madison Originals’ Mad Can Food Drive

Just in time for National Canned Food Month, Madison Originals and their members have once again organized the “Mad Can Food Drive” to support local food pantries, including The River! During the...

Curbside Breakfast with the Bunny 2024

Saturday, March 23 8:00–10:30am The River Food Pantry (2201 Darwin Rd) “Everybunny” is invited to Curbside Breakfast with the Bunny on March 23 at The River Food Pantry! This drive-thru event will...

The River Food Pantry Receives Refrigerated Van from Whole Foods Market

The River Food Pantry is now the recipient of a new refrigerated van, gifted to the local nonprofit organization through Whole Foods Market’s Nourishing Our Neighborhoods program to support picking up fresh food and redistributing it to those in need.

2023 Impact

unique individuals

throughout Dane County served a total of

times