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Thanksgiving Baskets

Elmside School wheels in donations
Elmside School wheels in donations

Thank you for supporting our Thanksgiving Basket Drive!

Thanks to an incredible last-minute effort by community members and businesses, the Goodman Community Center was able to offer a full or partial Thanksgiving Baskets to every family that registered and all 400 families on the waitlist. On Sunday, Nov. 22, a record-setting 1,135 baskets were passed out to families as part of the center’s efficient “drive-thru” distribution method.

For the past 27 years, GCC’s Thanksgiving Basket Drive has become a tradition, with many long-serving staff volunteers and their children returning year after year to assist with Thanksgiving Basket packing and distribution.

Barbara, a recipient last year, shared, “My family received a Thanksgiving Basket from Goodman and it was much appreciated. My granddaughter goes to the afterschool program, which she loves and learns much there. We had such a feast, that all my daughter and their children were well fed. They are single parents struggling to make ends meet as well and we can’t thank you enough for including us the generous meal-giving program.”

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If you have questions about the Thanksgiving Basket program, please contact Jon Lica at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-204-8049.

Frequently Asked Questions 2015

These questions are most commonly asked about our Thanksgiving Basket Drive.

When is registration?

Monday, Oct. 19 -Sunday, Nov. 8

How do I register? 

Registration is currently closed.

How do I get my basket?

After you register, you will receive a postcard in the mail. Postcards will arrive the week before basket pickup. You must bring this postcard with you to pick up your basket. Thanksgiving Basket pickup is located at the Goodman Community Center at 149 Waubesa Street in Madison. Bus lines close to GCC are 3, 5, 14, 15, 37 and 38. Expect to wait for 15-30 minutes to receive your basket. Basket pick-up is a drive though system. The basket will be loaded into your vehicle. If arriving on foot, please stay on sidewalks and go to the checkin station.

What is included in a Thanksgiving Basket?

This year we will have two basket sizes. This will allow us to provide more people with a Thanksgiving meal.

  • If you are feeding 1-2 people: A turkey (10-12 pounds), stuffing, gravy, canned vegetables, sweet potatoes, potatoes, pumpkin pie and ice cream.
  • If you are feeding 3 or more people: A turkey (10-12 pounds), stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, canned fruit, canned vegetables, green beans, cream soup, fried onions, mac and cheese, a can of broth, dinner rolls, milk, butter, sweet potatoes, potatoes, celery, carrots, eggs, pumpkin pie and ice cream. Items are subject to availability. There may be substitutions. 

Do you have vegetarian or vegan options?

We do not have specific dietary baskets. The baskets should be diverse enough for everyone to find some food they can eat. You are welcome to take out all of the items from the basket you plan to use. If there are items you will not use, please leave them behind so others can benefit from them.

What do I do if I don’t have my postcard?

All postcards should be received by Monday, Nov. 16. If you did not receive your postcard and you signed up for a basket during open registration times, please call Amy Mach at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-204-8027. If you lose your postcard, please bring a photo ID to receive your basket. Please note this will make your pickup time longer.

Can I get my basket delivered?

Unfortunately the Goodman Community Center cannot deliver baskets. However anyone with your postcard can pick up your basket. Bus lines close to GCC: 3, 5, 14, 15, 37 and 38.

What if I cannot pick-up my basket during the time listed on my postcard?

It is very important that you come during your pick-up time. Times are listed to help make sure there are not long wait times to pick-up your basket. Anyone with your postcard can pick up your basket. If it is impossible for you to pick-up during your listed time you can come during another time that baskets are being distributed. Baskets will only be given out during distribution times, no exceptions.

Distribution Times

  • Saturday, Nov. 21 >> 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 22 >> 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 23 >> 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

I have been put on the waitlist. What does that mean?

We can only guarantee so many baskets. Once we reach our maximum number, all other requests will be placed on a waitlist. If you are on the waitlist and we have extra food you will be called on Sunday, Nov. 22. You will then be able to pick up a basket during any of the remaining distribution times.

I no longer need a basket and I’ve already signed up.

We understand that plans change. Any extra food will go be distributed through the Fritz Food Pantry at the Goodman Community Center. There is no need to contact the Center.

I want to host a food drive.

You can sign up for a food drive kit online here, or just bring countdown items to the Center.

Where and when do I drop off donations?

Donations can be dropped off in the Goodman Community Center’s gym.

GCC’s gym is open:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 >> 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 >> 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 19 >> 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 20 >> 9 a.m -10 p.m. (We strongly prefer donations be dropped off before Friday.)
  • Saturday-Monday, Nov. 21 -23 >> 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

What items are needed for donation?

Items needed are frozen turkeys, canned vegetables, canned fruit, jarred gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, green beans, cream soup, fried onions, broth, mac and cheese and large aluminum roaster pans.

How can I volunteer?

Please contact Kate Katzban-Beren, GCC Volunteer Manager, to inquire about open shifts at 608.204.8056 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thanksgiving Basket 2015 events

Food Drives at Copps Monona and Metro Market in Cottage Grove

The Goodman Community Center will be outside the front entrance of Hy-Vee East and Fresh Madison Market handing out grocery list so that shoppers may purchase Thanksgiving Basket canned goods. They will be outside:

  • November 14-15 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • November 21-22 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Jordan's Big 10 Pub and New Belgium Brewing Benefit

Jordan's Big 10 Pub and New Belgium Brewing have teamed up to support GCC's Thanksgiving Basket drive. Bring a canned good to the Badger tailgate party at Jordan's Big 10 Pub and receive a free can of Fat Tire beer (limit one per person).

Karen & Co. / Sassafras Fashion Show Benefit

Join Karen & Co/ Sassafras for appetizers, cocktails, a fashion show and a chance to browse goods at their store nearby. Ten percent of the proceeds will benefit GCC's Thanksgiving Basket Drive. The cost for attending is $35, which includes a $35 gift card to Karen & Co.

  • Fashion Show: Thursday, Nov. 19 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Ovation Sky Club
  • Evening Shopping: From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. after the fashion show, browse goods at Karen & Co. while enjoying wine and chocolates from

There is a limited amount of space remaining. Please call 608-258-5500 to make a reservation. 

Glacial Drumlin Orchestra Concert

Seventh and eighth grade orchestras premiering a new composition by local musician/educator/composer Katherine Punwar, titled Cornucopia Suite for String Orchestra.  A grant was received by the Monona Grove Foundation to fund this project.  They’re encouraging everyone who attends to bring canned goods from our Thanksgiving Basket list.

  • When: November 17 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Glacial Drumlin School

Bloody Mary Contest at the Red Zone sports bar

GCC's Thanskgiving Basket drive will be the beneficiary of a bloody mary competition. 100 Mile Sauce Company presents its inaugural Bloody Mary Fest! The fest will embrace all things Bloody Mary featuring 100 Mile Sauce Company's very own Bloody Mary mix. The event will showcase local vendors, who will be selling their artisanal, locally sourced products, all of which pair well with a Bloody Mary. 

Hoptoberfest at the Italian Workmen's Club

GCC's Thanskgiving Basket drive will be the beneficiary of Hoptoberfest, a homebrew content. This contest will involve audience participation in its voting. Regardless of whether you enter a beer or not, you still get to taste all 30 entries, sample the 4 beers on tap, enjoy some food, and have tons of fun!

 Hoptoberfest proceeds, as always, benefit the Goodman Community Center Food Pantry. Last year we raised well over $1,000!

UW Red White Hunger Fight 

Badgers give back for websiteThe 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.

Valued Partners

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

Our Thanksgiving Basket program also partners with with local businessses like Bunky's Café, Jenifer Street Market, The Ideal Bar, Hy-Vee, Fresh Madison Market, Quaker Steak and Lube, Red Zone Sports Bar, Hoptoberfest, Karen & Co./ Sassafras, Schoep's Ice Cream and Jordan's Big 10 Pub.