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2018 Thanksgiving Basket Drive

For the past 30 years, GCC’s Thanksgiving Basket Drive has become a tradition, with many long-serving staff, volunteers and their children returning year after year. It takes a village, that's for certain. We have over 3,500 families registered for Thanksgiving Baskets this year — that's 21,000 Dane County residents (including nearly 10,000 children!) who are counting on us for a holiday dinner. We urgently need donations of food or money to buy food in bulk. Let's give all families in our community a Thanksgiving they'll want to remember. Read below to see how you can help.

Thanks to our partners:

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Thanksgiving Grocery Countdown!

Below is a current list of what's still needed to fill 3,500 Thanksgiving Baskets for Dane County residents. Updated Nov. 19 at 5 p.m.




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Give Money

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Your financial gift helps us purchase turkeys and perishable items such as milk, eggs and butter. Money also helps us buy in bulk at discounted rates —  effectively making a dollar stretch much further. To give, simply click the button below and note "Thanksgiving Baskets" in the giving preferences line. Let TurkeyED do the heavy lifting in the turkey shopping — simply make a gift of $25+ and note "TurkeyED." 

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Give Food

Could you help feed 3,500 Dane County families by hosting a food drive? We'd love to know about your drive so we can properly thank you — please fill out the food drive form below.

We have the following materials available to help make your food drive a sucess: 8.5x11 flyer  |  11x17 poster  |  grocery list (3-up)  |  tips handout

Please download the files, print and distribute! If you'd rather pick up printed materials at the Center, you can note that in the food drive form.

Food Drive Form

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. 14 through Mon., Nov. 19 (the earlier, the better)

  • Wednesday, Nov. 14 » 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 15 » 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 16 » 1 p.m.–10 p.m.
  • Saturday-Monday, Nov. 17-19 » 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Give Your Time

It takes a lot of volunteers to make Thanksgiving Baskets a success — we’d love to have you join us. Volunteers are needed for numerous tasks to ensure we can fill every basket. Click the links below to be directed to a webpage with more information about the roles, as well as the opportunity to sign up.

Offsite Registration Pick-ups from schools and neighborhood centers  |  Bilingual Support (Spanish/Hmong)

Grocery Store Turkey Drive at Pick N Save – Monona Dr.  |  Grocery Store Turkey Drive at Metro Market – Cottage Grove Rd.

Thank you for any way you can help!


Our Thanksgiving Basket Drive has currently registered more than 3,500 families. We are no longer accepting new registrations.


Nuestra campaña de las canastas del Día de Acción de Gracias ha inscrito más de 3.500 familias. Ya no estamos aceptando nuevos registros.

How do I get my basket?

If you registered for a Thanksgiving Basket, 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 17 through Monday, November 19. For more information, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document at the link below.

FAQ 2018  |  FAQ in Spanish


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.

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.

Sponsorship Levels

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Bounty Sponsors

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Abundance Sponsors

CMI Management LLC


Lindsay, Stone & Briggs

Stevens Construction Corporation

Plenty Sponsors


Bronfman & Rothschild

Brothers Main Appliance & TV

Clasen Quality Chocolate

Dean Health Insurance Inc.


Isthmus Eye Care

JP Cullen

St. Bernard Catholic  Church

SVA Certified Public Accountants

TTJ Packing Co.

Wine & Hop Shop

Women of St. Bernard

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The Goodman Community Center's Thanksgiving Basket Drive is very thankful for our 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 eleven years ago, the Red and White Hunger Fight has represented the culmination of hundreds of individuals uniting to give back to the community. This year, the Red and 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. 

Read more on the Badgers Give Back involvement with Goodman's Thanksgiving Basket program. 

2018 Events:

Neighborhood Bag Drop

Bags will be dropped at campus neighborhood homes on Thursday, October 11 and then picked up (hopefully filled with food and finacial gifts!) on Thursday, October 18.

Stuff the Field House

Saturday, October 13 | 7pm UW Volleyball vs #9 Illinois

As part of the “Stuff the Field House” promotion, fans are encouraged to bring Thanksgiving stuffing for donation to the Badgers’ food drive benefiting the Goodman Community Center.

Staff/Student/Alumni Competition

During Homecoming week: October 15-19, Student-athletes will bring broth, staff will donate gravy and alumni will donate cranberry sauce to benefit the Thanksgiving Baskets program.

We are so thankful for community partners, businesses and organizations that host events to support our Thanksgiving Basket program.

Hyvee East Food Drives

Hyvee, 3801 E. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53704

  • Friday, Nov. 2  »  3pm to 7pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 3  »  10am to 2pm
  • Sunday, Nov. 4  »  2pm to 4pm

Purchase items from the Thanksgiving Basket shopping lists, including turkeys, and drop off your gift of food before leaving the store! They’ll also accept financial donations if you’d like us to do the shopping.

Buy a Ham, Donate a Turkey

Hyvee, 3801 E. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53704

Thanks to the generosity of Hy-Vee, when you purchase a Hormel boneless ham from Nov. 1-22, you’ll receive a free turkey! Then, we’d love it if you could donate that free turkey to our Thanksgiving Basket Drive. Tell Hy-Vee you’re donating it to GCC and they’ll store it for the Center.

Sponsor a Pie

Monty's Blue Plate Diner, 2089 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704

Help Monty's reach their goal of donating 500 pies! Pumpkin pies will be available for customers to sponsor for $11 through November 12th. Ask a server while you are dining or visit their front desk to sponsor a pie today!

Turkey Drives

Pick ‘n Save, 6540 Monona Dr, Monona, WI 53716

  • Friday, Nov. 9  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 10  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 11  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 16  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday,Nov. 17  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 18  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Metro Market, 6010 Cottage Grove Rd, Madison, WI 53718

  • Friday, Nov. 9  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 10  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 11  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 16  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday,Nov. 17  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 18  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Shoppers can purchase frozen turkeys in the stores and then drop off with our volunteers before leaving the store! 

Coat & Food Drive

Friday November 16, 4-10pm, Raffle at 8pm

Player’s Sports Bar, 2013 Winnebago Street

“Keep Madison Warm & Fed” is back for its 9th year. Thanks to our generous community, Player's Sports Bar has donated thousands of coats and pantry items, as well as thousands of dollars to the Goodman Community Center. They are aiming for a record turnout this year! Please contact Laura, Mary or Wendy at Player’s Sports Bar (608)244-9722 with any questions or donations.


Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 10 am – 1 pm | Revolution Cycles, 2330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704

Cranksgiving is an alley cat food drive on two wheels -- part bike ride, part food drive, part scavenger hunt -- hosted by Revolution Cycles. Pick up your manifest starting at 9am, the race starts at 10am sharp. Bring a bike, a bag, a lock, and about $15-$30 to buy food. he ending spot of the race is at the shop. Also, no one will be mad if you donate more! Bring a big trailer on that awesome bike of yours! The more the better!  All of the food collected will benefit the Fritz Food Pantry at Goodman Community Center.

Register for the event  | More info on their Facebook page

Volunteers contributed hundreds of hours to make our Thanksgiving Basket Drive a success. Below are some photos taken during the packing and distribution of baskets in November 2017. A huge thanks to Laura Zastrow Photography for donating her time and talent to capture these images. 

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