Thanksgiving Baskets

Thanksgiving. Thousands of reasons to be grateful!


Elmside School wheels in donations

For many years, the Goodman Community Center, with your help, has provided groceries to 2,500 families across Dane County so they, too, can make a traditional Thanksgiving meal to share with their families. We can only do this because every year people like you >> families, businesses and organizations from throughout our community >> have pulled out the stops and contributed tremendous amounts of food, money to buy food, and precious time to help us organize it all. Thank you. It's a year when many families will appreciate the gift of a warm holiday meal.

Register for a Thanksgiving Basket

There are several ways to register for Thanksgiving Baskets. If you are a Dane County resident, you may register:
  • Online here
  • By phone at (608) 204-8020, Monday-Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • By fax at (608) 204-8021
  • In person. Turn in this form at the Goodman Community Center during normal operating hours.
Registration runs October 20 through November 9.

How to get involved

  • Donate Food: LOTS of food is needed. We have a list of needed canned goods listed below. To donate food, bring your donation to our front desk (before Nov. 19) and to our gym (after Nov. 19).
  • Donate Money Here: Your gifts of money help us buy the fresh foods that are included with each family's Thanksgiving groceries, including frozen turkeys, potatoes, celery, carrots, eggs, milk, butter and rolls.
  • Volunteer: We still have a few volunteer shifts available and we are always looking for people to help make thank you calls.
Please download our Frequently Asked Questions Document for more information.

Food drives are hugely appreciated


We can provide you with food drive kits (either electronic or to be picked up at the Center) that include grocery lists, bags, table tents for break rooms or cafeterias, giving envelopes, fliers and signs

What's needed to fill 2,500 baskets:
  • Frozen turkeys* 2,500
  • Vegetables 5,000 cans
  • Green Beans 5,000 cans
  • Fried Onions 2,500 cans
  • Mac & Cheese 2,500 boxes
  • Cream Soup 2,500 cans
  • Fruit 5,000 cans
  • Gravy 2,500 jars
  • Broth, any kind 2,500 cans
  • Cranberry sauce 2,500 cans
  • Stuffing 1,300 boxes
  • Aluminum roaster pans 2,000 pans
*Starting Wednesday, November 19:
  • We can accept donations and frozen turkeys in the Goodman Community Center gym:
    Wednesday Nov. 19th 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Thursday Nov. 20th 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
    Friday Nov. 21st 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
    Saturday, Nov. 22 through Monday, Nov. 24 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • We'll start updating a countdown on our website so you can know what's needed most.

UW Red and White Hunger Fight

The Goodman Community Center's Thanksgiving Basket Drive is in the news thanks to a partnership with Wisconsin Badgers and the UW's Red and White Hunger Fight. Check out UW athletes Nigel Hayes and Derek Watt--with a special appearance from Jon Lica, GCC's food pantry coordinator. The commercial will air sometime next week on WISC-TV/Channel 3000, so stay tuned!

Thank you to our generous Thanksgiving Basket Sponsors

Women of St. Bernard

Thanks to:
  • Kraft/Oscar Mayer for donating Stove Top Stuffing for 1,200 families
  • Schoep's Ice Cream for keeping turkeys frozen for us so you can donate them any time starting November 18.
  • Quaker Stake and Lube for donating a portion of their proceeds on November 10.
  • Bunky's Cafe for partnering with us to promote Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive.