The River Food Pantry Voted Best Charitable Organization & Best Customer Service in People’s Choice Awards | The River Food Pantry
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MADISON, Wis. — August 30, 2022 — The River Food Pantry has been voted both Best Charitable Organization and Best Customer Service through the 2022 People’s Choice Awards.

Click to read The River’s listing in the People’s Choice Winners Guide.

“The key to good customer service is building relationships. Our staff and volunteers consistently go the extra mile to provide a positive and helpful experience to meet or exceed the needs of those we serve,” said Rhonda Adams, Executive Director of The River. “We are incredibly honored for this recognition.”

This marks the second year in a row that the community has voted the pantry Best Charitable Organization among over 3,000 nonprofit organizations in the area. It is also the first time that The River won the highly competitive category of Best Customer Service.

“We believe these awards help break down the stigma surrounding using food pantries, which is something we continuously fight for,” Adams said. “Thank you so much to everyone who voted for The River and to all who support our efforts to feed our neighbors in need!”

Since opening in 2006, The River has become South Central Wisconsin’s busiest food pantry. Through its combined services, the pantry served over 11,000 unique individuals throughout Dane County a total of 182,500 times last year.

The River’s free services include:

  • Curbside groceries
  • Freshly prepared meals
  • Delivery to the homebound
  • Online grocery orders
  • Mobile meals for low-income neighborhoods

“These awards are helping to solidify The River’s reputation as a trustworthy local nonprofit for those who are seeking nutritional assistance, as well as those who wish to donate their time, resources, and/or dollars,” Adams said. “The more support we receive, the more we can do to nourish Dane County.”

Learn more about The River’s services and how to get involved at

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About The River Food Pantry
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, and mobile meals. 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 2,000 people every week in pursuit of its vision: a fully nourished community.

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