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The MUNCH program addresses a basic need for both social and educational growth through a mobile, neighborhood program that brings lunch to children and teens. Proper, consistent nutrition for children is vital to their success in school. It is known that the gap in educational achievement of children in poverty is large, and the gap is present even before they start school.

Neighborhoods that are selected for the free lunch distributions have large populations of children eligible for a free school lunch. The River is excited to be working with north side Madison residents directly within their neighborhoods, while also providing an opportunity for other volunteers to get involved.

Madison Unites to Nourish Children at Home (MUNCH) provides mobile lunch services directly to children and teens within their local neighborhoods. MUNCH bridges the gap that exists when school lunch is not available on weekends and over school breaks. With your help, we can unite to provide nourishment to children at their homes.

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The MUNCH truck will be in these neighborhoods every Saturday and other non-school days. MUNCH lunches are also available during the Friday night grocery distribution. Stop by for a free lunch if needed, and parents are invited to stop by as well.


Until further notice, The River is implementing the following changes in response to COVID-19 to maintain everyone’s safety, while ensuring access to food.


Site Location Time
Oak Park Terrace (near mailbox) 11:20–11:35 am
Ridgecrest 11:40–11:55 am
Vera Ct (in front of 714 Vera Ct.) 12:00–12:15 pm
Parkcrest Apartments 12:20–12:35 pm
Corner of Brentwood Pkwy and Trailsway 12:40–12:55 pm
Packers Townhouses 1:00–1:15 pm
Northport Apartments 1:20–1:35 pm
Corner of Kipling Dr and Scott Ln 1:40–1:55 pm
Kennedy Heights 2:00–2:15 pm

For any questions or comments please contact the MUNCH staff at:

  • Email: munch@riverfoodpantry.org
  • Call: 608.661.1223

Thank you to the following organizations for the generous financial support to the MUNCH program.

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