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COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 Impact

How is The River Food Pantry responding to COVID-19?

We’ve adapted our services to meet the growing nutritional needs of food-insecure households in Dane County for the duration of the pandemic. We’ve increased our hours of distribution and now provide:

  • A bountiful supply of groceries, including perishable and non-perishable foods, for thousands of local households to pick up curbside at The River once a week.
  • Pre-bagged lunches for children and adults delivered on non-school days through Munch, The River’s mobile lunch program, to 10 low-income neighborhoods.
  • To-go meals for families to take home through FAM (Family At-Home Meals).
  • Deliveries of groceries and meals to homebound households across Dane County through River Delivers.
  • Online grocery orders to provide client choice through ePantry.

Thanks to your support, from March 16, 2020–November 30, 2021 The River served:

pounds of food and supplies


household visits

lunches to children and adults through our mobile lunch program, Munch

to-go meals through FAM (Family At-Home Meals)

deliveries of groceries to the homebound through River Delivers

online grocery orders through ePantry


  • 3,516​ new families in Dane County have registered to pick up curbside groceries and meals
  • New registrations per month increased by 21% compared to before COVID-19.
  • Each household has taken home an average of 115 pounds of emergency food and supplies per visit.
  • Munch has distributed an average of 175 mobile lunches per day to children in 10 low-income neighborhoods: Oak Park Terrace, Ridgecrest, Vera Court, Parkcrest Apartments, Brentwood Parkway, Packers Townhouse, Northport Apartments, Kipling Drive, Kennedy Heights as well as Darbo-Worthington.

Made possible by:


of generous donors

How can you help?


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