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 thousands 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.

Our 2015 Thanksgiving Basket Drive

The Goodman Community Center's Thanksgiving Basket program has become a tradition in Madison for the last 27 years, thanks generous community support. Last year, we were able to provide full and partial baskets to all 3,000 families that registered. This year, we expect the need to be just as great.

Our T-Basket program is the largest in Dane County that offers all the groceries needed to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal at home.

How to be a part of it:

  • Donate food. LOTS of food is needed.
  • Donate money . Your gift of money help us buy the fresh foods that are included with each family's Thanksgiving groceries, including frozen turkeys, potatoes, celery, onions, carrots, eggs, milk, butter and rolls.
  • Become a corporate sponsor.See below for more information .
  • Organize a food drive! See below for more information
  • Volunteer. Contact Kate Katzban-Beren at to volunteer. 

Become a Corporate Sponsor

Promote your company alongside this feel-good campaign by having your name or logo on the many promotional materials distributed in October and through the huge thank you published in the January-February issue of the Eastside News. 

Read more about our  sponsorship levels and download our  corporate sponsorship form
You can click "submit form" or email it to Jon Lica at

Organize a Food Drive
We hope to feed more than 3,000 families in Dane County and would love to have your support creating a happy and abundant celebration for families in need.

Ways to get involved:
  • Host a drive through your place of worship, organization or club.
  • Hand out grocery lists and bags to your co-workers or friends.
  • Create a contest! Offer pizza or another fun prize for the department or group that generates the most donations.
Download our food drive e-kit: grocery list | food drive poster | table tent

Or request a prepackaged kit:

We'll email you when your food drive kit is ready to be picked up at the Goodman Community Center (note: This is NOT Thanksgiving Basket registration)

Nonperishable items needed to fill 3,000 baskets:

We will start accepting food drive donations on Tuesday, Nov. 17 in the GCC gym. Thank you for contributing food!
  • Frozen turkeys >> 3,000
  • Vegetables >> 6,000 cans
  • Green Beans >> 6,000 cans
  • Fried Onions >> 3,000 cans
  • Mac & Cheese >> 3,000 boxes
  • Cream Soup >> 3,000 cans
  • Fruit >> 6,000 cans
  • Gravy >> 3,000 jars
  • Broth, any kind >> 3,000 cans
  • Cranberry sauce >> 3,000 cans
  • Stuffing >> 3,000 boxes
  • Aluminum roaster pans >> 3,000 pans

Are you hoping to receive a Thanksgiving Basket?

We welcome you to register your family for a Thanksgiving Basket. Registration will take place from Monday, Oct. 19 to Sunday, Nov. 8. T-Basket registrations will be accepted online, by phone 12:30-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, or in-person during normal business hours. Registering for a Thanksgiving Basket does not guarantee a basket.

Please download our Frequently Asked Questions document .


If you have questions about the Thanksgiving Basket program, please contact Jon Lica at or 608-204-8049.

UW Red 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.

Wisconsin Athletics is proud to continue its strong tradition of fighting hunger in the community. Since its implementation seven years ago, the Red White Hunger Fight has represented the culmination of hundreds of individuals uniting to give back to the community.

This year, the Red White Hunger Fight has joined efforts with the Goodman Community Center to best serve the needs of our community and ensure that all families can enjoy a warm Thanksgiving meal.


In addition to partnering with UW's Red White Hunger Fight, we're also establishing partnerships with iHeartMedia and WISC-TV/Channel 3000 to help spread the word about the incredible need families face during the Thanksgiving season.

This year, we'll be partnering with local businesses to help raise funds to feed 3,000 families. Check back soon for more details.