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River Food Pantry has a new facility on the horizon

Get a sneak peek at River Food Pantry’s in-the-works facility.

Digital rendering of River Food Pantry's new facility

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s to come for River Food Pantry. | Rendering via River Food Pantry

The River Food Pantry has witnessed a 25% rise in demand for its services in the past year, now serving over 2,500 people every week. To accommodate the growing need, the pantry raised over $11.45 million to build a new facility on vacant land off Packers Avenue.

The new 32,500-sqft building — three times larger than the current facility — will feature:

  • An all-electric commercial kitchen
  • A drive-thru
  • Delivery docking stations
  • A dining area
  • Multipurpose rooms
  • Rain gardens

Lead donors include the American Family Insurance Dreams, Pleasant T. Rowland, and Sub-Zero Group foundations. Federal grants and public funding also support the project.
Fundraising is not done yet, the Recipe for Hope Campaign needs ~$550,000 to reach its goal of $12 million, and starting this week, donations of $500 or more will be matched up to $150,000.

Construction starts this summer with a target opening in late spring or early summer 2025.