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Thanksgiving 2016 CREDIT Laura Zastrow Photography 312017 Thanksgiving Basket Drive

For the past 29 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.

Thanksgiving Basket Registration

Registration dates: Monday, Oct. 16 – Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

How to Register: 

  • Online at goodmancenter.org
  • In person at the Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa Street in Madison)
  • By phone 608.204.8018, Monday-Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. during registration dates
  • Please note, we will not be taking registration forms via fax

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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. Baskets will be picked up Saturday, November 18 through Monday, November 20. For more information, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section below.

Food Drive Kit

We are seeking frozen turkeys, canned fruit & vegetables, boxes of mac & cheese, jars of gravy, cans of cranberry sauce & broth, boxes of stuffing, pie crust mix, pumpkin pie filling, evaporated milk and aluminum roasting pans.

We'd love to know if you're hosting a food drive for us. Fill out the food drive form below to let us know. We have an 8.5x11 poster, 11x17 poster, table tent, grocery lists, and a tips handout for you to print and distribute.

Use this form to notify us of your Food Drive.

Este no es un formulario de registro. La inscripción comienza el 16 de octubre de 2017.

Delivering the Food

We can receive donations at any time, but if you are delivering a large quantity of food from a food drive, it helps if you can deliver it directly to our gym so we don’t have to move it again.

The gym will be open for donation drop-offs Wed., Nov. 15 through Mon., Nov. 20 (the earlier, the better)

  • Wednesday, Nov. 15 >> 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 16 >> 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 17 >> 1 p.m. -10 p.m.
  • Saturday-Monday, Nov. 18 -20 >> 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Donate Money

Your gift of money helps offset the cost of goods that we purchase. To donate click the button below and note "Thanksgiving Baskets" in the giving preferences line.

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How Can I Volunteer?

It takes a lot of volunteers to make Thanksgiving Baskets a success, we’d love to have you join us. Volunteers are needed to staff food drives around Madison – collecting food items to ensure we can fill every basket. You can see all of the locations, dates, and times, and sign-up to help online by clicking below.

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Contact

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

 

Thanksgiving Basket Frequently Asked Questions 2017

When is registration?

Monday, Oct. 16 -Friday, Nov. 3

How do I register?

  • Online at goodmancenter.org

  • In person at the Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa Street in Madison)

  • By phone: 608.204.8018, Monday-Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. during registration dates

  • Please note, we will not be taking registration forms via fax.


Am I eligible to receive a basket?

Only residents of Dane County, Wis. are eligible to receive baskets.

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 pick up 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 check-in station.

What is included in a Thanksgiving Basket?

A turkey (10-12 pounds), stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, canned fruit, canned vegetables, mac and cheese, broth, dinner rolls, milk, butter, eggs, onions, potatoes, carrots, 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. 14. If you did not receive your postcard and you signed up for a basket during open registration times, please bring a photo ID to pick up your basket. 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 are only be given out during distribution times.

Distribution Times

  • Saturday, Nov. 18 >> 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Sunday, Nov. 19 >> 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Monday, Nov. 20 >> 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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.        

Please contact Sam McDaniel at the Goodman Community Center. He will be able to provide you with printed materials and assistance to help make your food drive a success.

Sam McDaniel • 608.204.8049  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 15 >> 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 16 >> 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

  • Friday, Nov. 17 >> 1 p.m. -10 p.m.

  • Saturday-Monday, Nov. 18 -20 >> 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, broth, mac and cheese, pie crust mix, pumpkin pie filling, evaporated milk and aluminum pie pans and large aluminum roaster pans.

How can I volunteer?

It takes a lot of volunteers to make Thanksgiving Baskets a success, we’d love to have you join us. Volunteers are needed to staff food drives around Madison – collecting food items to ensure we can fill every basket. You can see all of the locations, dates, and times, and sign-up to help online: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040f4dada629a31-thanksgiving

Goodman Community Center Preguntas Frecuentes sobre la Canasta del Día de Acción de Gracias 2017

¿Cuándo es la inscripción?

Lunes 16 de octubre – viernes 3 de noviembre

¿Cómo puedo inscribirme?

  • En línea en goodmancenter.org
  • En persona en Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa Street en Madison)
  • Por teléfono: 608.204.8018, lunes a viernes de 12:30 p.m. a 6 p.m. durante las fechas de inscripción

    Favor tenga en cuenta que no se puede inscribirse por fax este año.

¿Estoy elegible para recibir una canasta?

Solo residentes del condado Dane, WI son elegibles para recibir las canastas. ¿Cómo puedo recoger la canasta? Después de inscribirse, recibirá un postal por correo. Los postales llegarán la semana antes de la recogida de canastas. Tiene que llevar este postal con usted cuando viene a recoger la canasta. La recogida de las canastas del día de acción de gracias está ubicada en Goodman Community Center (GCC) a 149 Waubesa St, en Madison. Las líneas de bus más cercanas a GCC son: 3, 5, 14, 15, 37, y 38. Anticipe que tardará 15-30 minutos para recibir la canasta. La recogida de canastas es un sistema de estilo ‘drive-thru’ (no tiene que bajarse del carro). La canasta estará cargada en su vehículo. Si llega de pie, favor quédese en la acera y vaya al área de registro.

¿Que está incluido en una canasta del Día de Acción de Gracias?

Un pavo (10-12 libras), relleno, salsa espesa, salsa de arándanos, fruta enlatada, vegetales enlatados, macarrones con queso, caldo, bollos de pan, leche, mantequilla, papas, zanahorias, huevos, pastel de calabazas, y heleado. Artículos son sujetos a disponibilidad. Posiblemente habrá substituciones. ¿Tiene opciones vegetarianas o veganas? No tenemos canastas para dietas específicas. Las canastas deben ser suficientes diversas para que todos puedan encontrarse con comida que pueden comer. Uno se puede tomar todos los artículos de la canasta que se planea utilizar. Si haya algo que no va a usar, por favor déjelo atrás para que alguien más pueda disfrutarlo.

¿Qué hago si no tengo mi postal?

Todos los postales deben ser recibidos por lunes el 14 de noviembre. Si no recibió su postal y se inscribió para una canasta durante las fechas de inscripción, lleve una forma de identificación con foto para recoger la canasta. Si pierde el postal, lleve una forma de identificación con foto para recibir la canasta. Favor tenga en cuenta que esto resultará en una recogida más larga. ¿Me puede entregar la canasta? Desafortunadamente, el Goodman Community Center no puede entregar las canastas. Sin embargo, cualquier persona con su postal puede recoger a su canasta. Las líneas de bus cercas a GCC: 3, 5, 14, 15, 37, y 38.

¿Qué sucede si no puedo recoger la canasta en la hora escrita en el postal?

Es muy importante que llegue durante su hora de recogida. Las horas están notadas para asegurar que no hayan esperas largas para recoger las canastas. Cualquier persona con su postal puede recoger la canasta. Si es imposible que llegue durante la hora notada en su postal, puede venir durante otra hora de distribución de canastas. Las canastas solo estarán distribuidas durante las horas de distribución.

Horas de Distribución

  • sábado, 18 de noviembre >> 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • domingo, 19 de noviembre >> 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • lunes, 20 de noviembre >> 9 a.m.-5 p.m. He sido puesto en la lista de espera.

¿Qué significa?

Solo podemos garantizar una cierta cantidad de canastas. Cuando alcanzamos este número máximo, las demás solicitudes estarán puestas en la lista de espera. Si está en la lista de espera y nos sobra comida extra, le llamaremos domingo, el 20 de noviembre. Y, estará dispuesto recoger una canasta durante las horas de distribución que quedan.

Ya no necesito una canasta pero he inscrito.

Entendemos que planes pueden cambiar. Cualquier comida extra estará distribuida por el Fritz Food Pantry al Goodman Community Center. No hay que comunicar con el Centro.

Quiero llevar a cabo una campaña de recolección de alimentos

Favor contacte a Jon Lica al Goodman Community Center. Podrá proveerle con materiales y asistencia para que su campaña de recolección de alimentos sea exitosa. Jon Lica • 608.204.8049 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

¿Dónde y cuándo entrego donaciones?

Donaciones pueden ser entregadas en el gimnasio del Goodman Community Center.

El gimnasio está abierto:

  • miércoles, 15 de noviembre >> 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • jueves, 16 de noviembre >> 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • viernes, 17 de noviembre >> 1 p.m. -10 p.m.
  • sábado-lunes, 18 -20 de noviembre >> 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

¿Cuáles artículos se necesita para donación?

Artículos que necesitamos son: pavos congelados, vegetales enlatados, frutas enlatadas, salsa espesa enlatada, salsa de arándanos, relleno, caldo, macarrones con queso, asaderas grandes de aluminio.

¿Cómo puedo ser voluntario?

Favor contacte a Kate Katzban-Beren, GCC Volunteer Manager, para preguntar por horas disponibles a 608-204-8056 o This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thanksgiving Photos - 2016

Volunteers contributed hundreds of hours to make our Thanksgiving Basket Drive a success. Below are just some of the photos taken during the packing and distribution of baskest in November 2016. A huge thanks to Laura Zastrow Photography for taking these photos.


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Sponsor the Thanksgiving Basket Drive

Are you ready to talk turkey? Because this fall, at least 3,500 low-income families in Dane County will be depending on us for their Thanksgiving meal. We can only achieve this because every year organizations like yours pull together and contribute tremendous amounts of food, money and time to help us organize it all. Give the gift of a holiday meal to families in our community and become a Thanksgiving Basket sponsor.

If your business or organizing is interested in sponsoring the Thanksgiving Basket Drive, contact Jon Lica, Corporate Giving Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 608-204-8033.


THANKSGIVING BASKET SPONSORSHIP LEVELS


Cornucopia Sponsors
 

   Lauer Realty logo NGL logo

Bounty Sponsors

311 Logo revised logogolden color Corporate Business Systems
Corner Stone Construction MSB

WPS Foundation logo

 

 

   

Abundance Sponsors

CapSpecialty

Clasen Quality Chocolate

CMI Management LLC

Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Madison Central

Martin Glass

Stevens Construction Corporation

Media Partners 

iHR primary ColorMadison WISC3

 

 

 

Badger Hockey Food & Donation Collection

Support our Thanksgiving Basket Drive at the Sunday, Oct. 1 UW Badger hockey game vs. MichiganTech at 2 p.m.

University of Wisconsin Athletics and their Red and White Hunger Fight program are holding a food drive for our Thanksgiving Basket Program. We'll have donation bins around the arena. Stop by to donate needed food or money.

Badger Women's Volleyball Food & Donation Collection

Support our Thanksgiving Basket Drive at the Wednesday, Oct. 4 UW Badger volleyball match vs. Minnesota at 7 p.m.

University of Wisconsin Athletics and their Red and White Hunger Fight program are holding a food drive for our Thanksgiving Basket Program at the Women's Volleyball match on Oct. 4. We'll have donation bins at the UW Field House. Stop by to donate needed food or money.

Badger Men's Soccer Food & Donation Collection

Support our Thanksgiving Basket Drive at the Tuesday, Oct. 10 UW Badger Men's Soccer game vs. Green Bay at 7 p.m.

University of Wisconsin Athletics and their Red and White Hunger Fight program are holding a food drive for our Thanksgiving Basket Program at the Men's Soccer game on Oct. 10. We'll have donation bins at the stadium. Stop by to donate needed food or money.

Talbots Fashionable Fundraiser

Shop Thursday, Oct. 19 at Talbots on 7815 Mineral Point Road in Madison, WI • (608) 833-5353

Talbots & Goodman Community Center invite you to join us for a day of shopping—all for a good cause! On Thursday, Oct. 19, 10% of pre-tax merchandise sales will be donated to the Goodman Thanksgiving Basket Drive. Call 608-833-5353 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

Festival Foods Register Donation Drive

Saturday, Oct. 28 - Saturday, Nov. 11 • 810 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703

Shoppers will be able to add a $1, $5 or $10 donation in store for the Thanksgiving Baskets drive.  

U.W. Red & White Hunger Fight 

Bucky Badgers Give BackWisconsin Athletics is proud to continue its strong tradition of fighting hunger in the community. Since its implementation seven years ago, the Red and White Hunger Fight has represented the culmination of hundreds of individuals uniting to give back to the community. Goodman Community Center's Thanksgiving Basket Drive is thankful for the partnership with Wisconsin Badgers and the UW's Red and White Hunger Fight.

Non-perishable food and monetary donations will be accepted during the following UW games:

Men’s Hockey vs. Michigan Tech, October 1, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball vs. Minnesota, October 4, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Men’s Soccer vs. Green Bay, October 10, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Look for the donation bins at these games to donate needed food or money.Bags and envelopes will be dropped off in the neighborhoods surrounding Camp Randall, encouraging people to donate at the games listed above. Additionally, for those unable to attend the games, food and monetary donations will be picked up from homes (that received the bag/envelope) on October 12, 2017.

Read more about the UW Red and White Hunger Fight.