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Food Pantry vs. Food Bank

I have to admit—I did not completely understand the difference between a “food pantry” and a “food bank” when I applied for my job at The River. After working here for almost a year now, I frequently hear people use the terms interchangeably. While both types of organizations are dedic...

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Students Raise Awareness of Food Insecurity

Ellen and Grace are freshmen at Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School in Sun Prairie. For their community learning project, they took on the challenge of raising awareness about food insecurity in Dane County. These two went door to door in their community to collect food and funds for The Ri...

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Help Feed Children This Summer | Support MUNCH

Help us provide 30,000+ healthy lunches to children in Dane County this summer! Summer vacation is near. That means thousands of children in our community will no longer receive free lunch from school. Without reliable access to healthy lunch, these children could lack the nutrition they need to d...

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A New Market Session—Just for Seniors

Starting May 1, The River Food Pantry will introduce a new senior market session for clients ages 60 and over on Wednesdays from 11 am to 1 pm. Similar to other regular weekly market sessions at The River, senior clients will have an opportunity to shop for free groceries and clothing, as wel...

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Roadwork Alert: Construction on Darwin Road

The City of Madison has announced that the roads surrounding The River will undergo construction over the next two to three months. Construction is planned to start April 29 on Darwin Road–Packers Avenue to International Lane.Although street parking will occasionally be limited, The River will...

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NEW Volunteer Advisory Committee

Pictured from left to right: Jim Lenzer, Gary Barnes, Denny Skaanning, Sharon Mohr. The River recently established a new Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC) to strengthen our volunteer program! The committee will focus on helping The River achieve our aspiration of becoming a leading organization...

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Share Your Love

Kailey and Avery are little volunteers with big hearts. After helping make lunches for other children through our mobile lunch program (MUNCH), they decided to raise money for The River by raking leaves. With pride and excitement, the girls brought us their donation of $4.40. We are truly humbled by...

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Emergency Day Warming Center in Downtown Madison

Photo source: Hope's Home: An Outreach Ministry of First United Ministry Church. First United Methodist Church, located at 203 Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Madison, will host an emergency day warming center on Mon., Jan. 28–Fri., Feb. 1 from 8:00 am–4:00 pm for families and women experiencing h...

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Pantry News

Inflation takes toll on The River Food Pantry and its customers

“With rising gas prices, there is no money for any extras,” according to a customer of....

Changes to Curbside Grocery Distribution

Dear Valued Customers, Due to circumstances that are out of our control, The River is making changes to our curbside....


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