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July 14, 2016 – Madison, WI. The River Food Pantry is a 2016 recipient of a grant awarded by Monsanto.  The award of $12,500 will be used toward keeping the pantry shelves stocked with healthy food options for individuals and families struggling to make ends meet. The River Food Pantry distributes 40,000 pounds of food each week, and serves three community meals each week. Through The River’s partnerships with local food banks and wholesalers, $12,500 will purchase $125,000 worth of food (at retail prices).  The grant helps ensure that the pantry is stocked with canned protein, canned vegetables, cooking oil, flour, rice, meat, dairy and fresh produce. 

 “The need for pantry services continues to grow as more and more people have trouble putting food on their tables.” River Food Pantry founder and Executive Director Jenny Czerkas says. “This grant from Monsanto will help make it much easier for The River to provide nourishing food for the 600 families that visit us during our five weekly pantry sessions.”

Bill Boor with Monsanto Fund presents a $12,500 check to Andy Czerkas from The River Food Pantry.


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