River Food pantry receives historic $422K grant

Hunger advocacy groups concerned about proposed changes to state’s welfare system
Volunteers stock shelves at The River Food Pantry in Madison.

MADISON, Wis. — The River Food Pantry in Madison received a $422,000 grant Thursday, the largest since it opened in 2006.

The donation came from the Inland Empire Community Foundation. Officials said the money will be used to increase access to fresh, healthy produce for Dane County households facing food insecurity.

“I have to pinch myself to even make sure it’s real,” Executive Director of River Food Pantry Rhonda Adams said. “But our clients will have access to healthy produce, something that the River has been doing for quite some time, but an abundance of healthy produce.”

Part of the grant will also go toward coordinating efforts, including packaging, distribution, storage and education.