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Our Mission

Our Mission

Our mission is to bring a message of mercy and hope to those in need by providing nutritional basics and encouragement, and to be a unifying, servant-hearted, community-building expression of Jesus Christ in Madison.

Our Vision

Help The River SOAR!

The River Food Pantry is currently in a wonderful strategic planning journey and we invite you to come along! We are participating in an Appreciative Inquiry and SOAR process. Appreciative Inquiry is a systematic approach to discovering the best in people, organizations and systems, and building upon those strengths to create positive change. As applied to strategic thinking, we look at Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results (SOAR).

We begin by focusing on the strengths of The River, the many accomplishments, values, and attributes of our organization. We bring the very best of the past forward and build upon it to determine the future direction of The River. And we want to hear from you! Appreciative Inquiry strives to include the voices, opinions, hopes, dreams, ideas of as many people as possible who are a part of The River community. We invite you to join us on this journey. We need your input to help us determine the Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results that will empower and embolden the future of The River.

Get involved by taking our survey. What is your dream for The River? Let’s go.


Pantry News

Meet A Volunteer

Almost every Thursday you’ll find Dan sitting behind a table at The River with a stethoscope hanging on his neck,....

John McCracken- Development Assistant

  I joined The River in the Spring of 2018. I previously worked with Wisconsin Public Television, The Literacy Network....