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Curbside Groceries


Until further notice, The River will distribute curbside groceries in response to COVID-19 to maintain everyone’s safety, while ensuring access to food. The River will not allow shoppers inside of the facility. Instead, prepared boxes of groceries, including perishable and non-perishable foods, will be available for pick up curbside. Inside each box, we have selected a variety of items that we hope you and your household will be able to use. If there are items that you cannot use, we ask that you please share them with someone rather than throwing it away or returning it. Each household will take home an average of 102 pounds of emergency food and supplies per visit.


Day Hours
Tuesday 10:00am–3:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am–3:00pm
Thursday 10:00am–3:00pm
Friday 10:00am–3:00pm

The following system will be in place for client pickup:

  1. Enter through the Packers Avenue entrance and proceed to The River.
  2. A volunteer or staff member will ask you the basic questions and ask to see your ID, all while you stay in your car.
  3. A volunteer or staff member will then put boxes of food in your car.

If you have specific dietary needs, please tell one of our volunteers or employees onsite or by emailing We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

If you are not feeling well and need food, we encourage you to stay home. Please email and ask about setting up a proxy shopper.


  • Community Meals (This service will be replaced by FAM (Family At-home Meals) this summer!)
  • Caring Clothing Closet
  • Friday Night Van Rides

See the latest COVID-19 updates from The River here. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Inclement Weather Policy

For the safety of our clients, staff and volunteers, The River will close if the Madison Metropolitan School District cancels school due to inclement weather conditions. If the inclement weather day is outside of normal school hours, our management will decide whether or not The River will close. Closures will be posted on this page, our homepage, and on our social media channels.

What to bring to The River to receive boxed groceries

If you are a registered client at The River, please bring the white registration card that The River has issued you.

If you are visiting The River for the first time, please bring an ID for ONLY the head of the household.

When operations return to normal at The River, you will need to provide IDs and proof of address for each member in your household in order to shop. Examples of documents for household member ID’s include: insurance cards, school IDs, birth certificates, Social Security cards, vaccination records, etc. Every visit thereafter please bring only the white registration card that you will be issued.

Interested in making a donation?

We greatly appreciate donations of non-perishable food or personal care items. Here are our most-needed items.

We are grateful for monetary donations as well! Cash or checks can be dropped off or mailed to The River (2201 Darwin Rd). Online donations can be made here.

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