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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 education 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. The River wants to address a basic need for both social and education growth through a mobile, neighborhood program that brings lunch to children and teens when another option may not be available.

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The MUNCH truck will be in these neighborhoods every Saturday and Sunday, 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.

MUNCH Site Location Time of distribution
Oak Park Terrace 11:20 – 11:35 a.m.
Ridgecrest 11:40 – 11:55 a.m.
Vera Ct. (in front of 714 Vera Ct.) 12:00 – 12:15 p.m.
Woodland Park 12:20 – 12:35 p.m.
Brentwood (on Trailsway) 12:40 – 12:55 p.m.
Packers Townhouses 1:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Northport Apartments 1:20 – 1:35 p.m.
Kipling Drive (corner of Scott Dr.) 1:40 – 1:55 p.m.

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

  • Email: munch@riverfoodpantry.org
  • Call: 608.442.8815

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

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