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A Beacon of Hope

  "The River gave my grandson a Christmas I could never give him on my income, and words could not express how thankful I am for their giving hearts." – Linda   Thanks to our wonderful supporters, The River Food Pantry helps over 1,000 households in Dane County each ...

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#GivingTuesday | November 27, 2018

  In preparation for #GivingTuesday, we asked our clients one simple question: What does The River mean to you? Here is what they shared: Show The River's clients what they mean to you and our community.Join The River Food Pantry on #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving! The money r...

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Meet the Wuest Family

If you’ve been to The River on a Friday night in the past six years, you’ve met Justin. He describes himself as a “people person” and his wide smile and welcoming attitude are contagious. Alongside his parents Phil and Kathy, the Wuests have been at The River for quite some time. Sometim...

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Steve Sachtjen Receives First Czerkas Distinguished Service Award

Steve Sachtjen receives The River’s first Czerkas Distinguished award from Board Chair Jennifer Zisser. MADISON, Wis. — October 26, 2018 — The River Food Pantry presented the first Czerkas Distinguished Award to Steve Sachtjen, former board member, during the organization’s 2018 Harvest D...

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9th Annual Harvest Dinner Best Yet!

“Grateful, thankful, blessed” were words that decorated the table centerpieces at our 2018 Harvest Dinner for Hunger. For us, they are also the heartfelt sentiments we have towards our attendees, sponsors, partners, and volunteers when we think of the amazing event that was produced and exec...

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H.O.P.E. for the Holidays

As Wisconsin's notoriously cold weather sets in, our minds and stomachs look forward to the holidays. From Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas hams, and everything in-between, a home-cooked meal with friends and family is always at the center of this season. But for some families in Dane County, a ho...

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MUNCH: Lessons Learned

Written by Anna Novak, MUNCH Program Intern My summer interning with the MUNCH program was an incredible and invaluable learning experience. As I head back to school for my final semester, I will truly miss the program and the people it introduced me to, both coworkers and the families I develope...

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Take a Tour of The River

When you walk through our doors, you’re greeted by a smiling face—no matter who you are. People who visit The River—for assistance or to help others—come from all walks of life. When we have a chance to use introduce our space to new visitors, we are thrilled to hear what they learn from ...

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The River Presents Vision for a Fully Nourished Community

MADISON, Wis. — September 13, 2018 — The River Food Pantry yesterday released a new strategic plan to guide the organization into the future. A Fully Nourished Community, The River’s Strategic Plan 2018, frames how The River will pursue a vision where everyone in Dane County is nourished in bo...

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Appreciative Inquiry & The River

Over a year ago, The River embarked on a strategic planning journey. We used a process called Appreciative Inquiry. Part of this process involved holding a summit for all our stakeholders (clients, volunteers, donors, staff, and community members) to voice their desires for our organization. Tog...

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