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Strategic Plan 2021–2023

Strategic Plan 2021–2023

Our Aspirations

Community Builder

Aspiration: BE an enhanced builder of community, extending our core values, working collaboratively to achieve a vision where everyone is nourished in body, mind and spirit.


  • Be a leader in ending hunger by listening to all stakeholders, while actively seeking innovative solutions through collaborative partnerships.
  • Build The River’s brand to create greater community awareness of our mission, vision, core values and enhanced role.

Aspiration: GROW as the leading direct provider of healthy and nutritious resources for food-insecure households throughout Dane County, and collaborate to promote household stability, addressing the root causes of food insecurity.


  • Stabilize, strengthen and enhance our food supply chain.
  • Establish alternative ways to incorporate customer choice.
  • Expand programs to increase access.
Facilities & Environment

Aspiration: ESTABLISH and maintain best-in-class operations that reflect and embody The River’s mission, vision and values.


  • Engage in conversation with potential partners to plan and acquire a facility that reflects the values and mission of The River.
  • Optimize and enhance the safety and welcoming nature of the current facility.
  • Extend our care for the environment.

Aspiration: ENGAGE employees, volunteers, donors, and customers to ensure every voice is heard.


  • Nurture an organizational culture and environment that embodies our core values with our staff.
  • Provide opportunities for individuals, families and groups to volunteer their time and talents.
  • Offer a variety of opportunities to support The River’s mission.
  • Listen and respond to the changing needs and concerns of customers.

Pantry News

Important Update to Curbside Grocery Distribution

Dear Valued Customers, Great news! Starting Tues., Sept. 27, our curbside grocery distribution line will return to The River’s parking....

Thank You to Our Summer Interns!

This summer, The River was fortunate to host two paid interns to help us fight hunger in Dane County through....