Help feed children this summer!

Support MUNCH, The River's mobile lunch program. $1.50=1 lunch for a child in Dane County

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Help provide over 30,000 healthy lunches to children over summer break!

Summer vacation is near. That means thousands of children in our community will no longer receive lunch from school.

This summer, you can help feed children (who might otherwise go hungry) by supporting MUNCH, The River Food Pantry’s mobile lunch program.

MUNCH (Madison Unites to Nourish Children at Home) provides free healthy lunches to children, teens, and their caretakers in 8 local low-income neighborhoods on non-school days throughout the year.

From June 13 to September 1:

  • The River’s MUNCH van will be out distributing about 419 nutritious lunches per day.
  • On average, each MUNCH lunch will cost The River $1.50.
  • To serve over 33,500 MUNCH lunches for the 80 days of summer vacation, The River will spend $50,000.

Your much-needed support will help provide the quantity and quality of nutrition that children need to grow academically and socially. When you give to MUNCH, 95 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to those we serve.

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration and for helping us end childhood hunger this summer.

Learn more about MUNCH.


Because The River Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) charity, your donations are 100 percent tax deductible.

When donating online, you might see a charge in your payment history as "Network For Good." This is the payment processing and donor management service we use to track and process payments. When selecting to "pay a transaction fee," you are allowing us to receive the full amount of your donation, then covering the cost of the fee that Network For Good charges. When declining this, you are still giving us a donation, but the fee comes out of the amount you pledge to us. Example: You donate $20 to The River. If you accept the fee, you pay $20.75. If you decline the fee, The River receives $19.25. This applies to every payment, including reoccurring payments.

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