For the fourth volunteer outing of 2017, we continued our work in the area of combating hunger by helping people get food at the River Food Pantry.
The River Food Pantry is Dane County’s busiest food pantry, offering free groceries, meals, and clothing to anyone who comes for help. More than just meals, The River provides a warm and welcoming family atmosphere where everyone is treated with respect, encouraged to find the support they need, and given the opportunity to share what they can with others.
The River feeds more than 600 Dane County families per week, going through 40 thousand pounds of food every seven days, or about 2 million pounds of food each year. In 2016, The River received 31,400 family visits. Approximately 39% of those served by The River are children and 20% are seniors. The River provided those guests with hot meals, groceries, clothing, and household items.
This is our group’s third time at The River and again we had a great time! In addition to helping clients, we get to have a tasty meal and talk to other local volunteers. We also had some little helpers with us this time too, which is an awesome way to get kids involved in the community at an early age.
Want to get involved at The River? It’s easy and just a few hours can make a difference. Click here for more information.