Volunteer FAQs - The River Food Pantry | The River Food Pantry

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we just show up or do we need to sign up ahead of time?

We are striving to keep the number of people onsite at one time as low as possible. To achieve this goal, we need to know who is coming to each shift. Please sign up online for a specific shift in advance. If you need assistance, send an email to volunteer@riverfoodpantry.org or call 608-661-1223.

Groups: If you would like to volunteer as a group, please contact volunteer@riverfoodpantry.org or 608-661-1223 for more information.

Can we bring children?

As the environment is fast paced with a lot of heavy lifting, we ask that all market volunteers be at least 16 years old and wear closed-toed shoes. We are currently looking for MUNCH volunteers who are 12 years old or older. MUNCH volunteers under 16 years of age must attend with an adult.​

Can we bring in donations when we volunteer?

When you come in to volunteer, we would be grateful for any donations of non-perishable food or personal care items. Here are our most-needed items. We appreciate monetary donations as well. We are grateful for any and all donations!

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