Strategic Plan 2021–2023 | The River Food Pantry

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 client 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 clients 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 clients.

Pantry News

The River Food Pantry Voted Best Charitable Organization & Best Chef in People’s Choice Awards

MADISON, Wis. — September 3, 2023 — The River Food Pantry has been voted both Best Charitable Organization and Best....

The River’s Schedule Changes due to Excessive Heat Warning – August 2023

Due to the Excessive Heat Warning, The River Food Pantry is making the following adjustments to continue serving those in....