The River's Birthday Bash

May 15, 2021 @ 4:00PM — 6:00PM Central Time (US & Canada)

Celebrating 15 Years of Caring, Compassion and Community

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There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.


Get ready for a birthday bash! The River Food Pantry is celebrating 15 years of feeding Dane County with music, food, drinks, and goodie bags served curbside.

All the proceeds from this drive-thru fundraising event will help purchase healthy food for the thousands of local children, seniors, veterans, and families who depend on The River. Plus, all donations will be MATCHED up to $25,000, thanks to a generous donor, so you can help support twice as many people!

Birthday Bash tickets are no longer available to purchase online. However, we will have a limited number of meals for drive-up on a first-come, first-served basis. If you can't join us but would like to be counted toward the $25,000 match, please make an online donation on this page.

Meal Options

Each ticket includes your choice of:

  • Pork Shoulder Tacos: Slow-roasted, beer-braised poblano pork shoulder, queso fresco, pickled vegetable slaw, pico de gallo, crema, avocado with flour tortillas.
  • Chicken Shawarma: Roasted chicken, Banzo hummus, lettuce, tomato, parsley and lemon in flatbread wrap with olive and feta salad.
  • Vietnamese Chopped Salad: Fried egg noodle, carrot, cabbage, bok choy, cucumber, cilantro, mint, and sesame rice cake with peanut dressing. With or without grilled shrimp skewer.

When you purchase your tickets online, you will be asked to make your meal selection. Seasoned to accommodate most palates, all three meals will be freshly-prepared by The River's professionally-trained staff and volunteers.

Attendees will also receive Homemade Ginger Lemon Soda from Madison College Culinary Students and a choice of dessert, including a slice of Turtle Cheesecake from Just Bakery or a Big Ol' Brownie from Texas Roadhouse.

Come experience The River’s curbside distribution for yourself and help us celebrate 15 years of caring, compassion, and community. Learn more about The River's Birthday Bash at