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2021 Thanksgiving Basket Drive

For the past 33 years, GCC’s Thanksgiving Basket Drive has been a tradition, with many long-serving staff, volunteers and their children returning year after year. It takes a village, that’s for certain. This year, we’re planning to register 4,000 families — that’s 25,000 Dane County residents (including 10,000 children!). These families are counting on us for a holiday dinner — and with the pandemic still very much in our lives, we HAVE to deliver. That’s where you come in. Read on to learn how you can help.

Thanks to our partners:

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On Tuesday, Nov. 23, we will distribute the baskets that have not been picked up, as well as extra items that were donated.

  • When: 9am until we run out

  • Who: Anyone who needs a basket (first come, first served)

  • Where: Goodman Center Ironworks parking lot (149 Waubesa St.). 

People who come this day are not guaranteed a basket, but last year we gave out more than 500 that were missing only one or two items.

Canned food countdown 

Updated Monday, Nov. 22, at 9:30am 





 Frozen Turkeys








 Canned Fruit












 Mac & Cheese












 Roaster Pans




*Dinner rolls, milk, butter, eggs, onions, potatoes, carrots and pumpkin pie are secured on our end and also added to the baskets.

Registration / El Registro

Registration is now closed. El registro ya está cerrado.

If you missed the opportunity to register for a basket, we will distribute leftover full and partical basklets, as well as turkeys, on Tuesday, Nov. 23, starting at 9am, at our Ironworks building (149 Waubesa St.). No appointment necessary. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until we run out.

How do I get my basket?

After registering 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 distributed Saturday, Nov. 20, through Monday, Nov. 22.

Basket Distribution

Saturday, Nov. 20 – Monday, Nov. 22

Sábado 20 de noviembre – Lunes 22 de noviembre

For more information, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions documents: 

2021 English FAQ  |  2021 Preguntas frecuentes en español

5 Ways You Can Help This Year

1. Make a financial gift or donate food.

Your monetary donation helps us provide fresh foods in each basket. We purchase fresh groceries like veggies, milk, butter, eggs and pumpkin pie, and we’ll purchase items to fill in any gaps, including turkeys.


If we receive gifts that exceed the need for Thanksgiving, they will go toward general support of Goodman, ensuring we can continue to strengthen lives and secure futures in our community.

Want to do some shopping?

Download Our Shopping List

Donations can be dropped off in the Goodman Community Center’s gym, during the following times:

  • Monday - Tuesday, Nov. 15-16 >> 11am-3pm
  • Wednesday - Friday, Nov. 17-19 >> 11am-7pm
  • Saturday - Monday, Nov. 20 - 22 >> 9am-5pm


2. Host a food drive.

Food drives are a HUGE help. Could you host on at your workplace, faith community, club or neighborhood? Our food drive kit has posters and shopping lists, as well as a handy tips sheet.

Click here for our food drive kit, where you'll find everything you need to host an in-person food drive.


Need more info about hosting an in-person food drive? Contact Francesca Frisque at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-204-8049.


3. Host a VIRTUAL food drive.

We understand a lot of people are still working remotely or not able to gather up food. A virtual food drive fundraiser (collecting donations instead of food) is a great, no-contact way to help us meet our goal. We’ve created a complete kit with everything you need to spread the word about your virtual food drive to your family, friends and coworkers, including a handy tips sheet that will answer any questions you may have.

Click here for our virtual food drive kit, where you'll find everything you need to spread the word about your food drive virtually.

Are you active on Facebook? Start a Facebook Fundraiser here!



GCC TBaskets2020 BethSkogen Print 0654. 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. We’ll be following strict screening, distancing and cleaning procedures to ensure this is a safe experience.



5. Talk turkey!

Help us spread the word about our Thanksgiving Basket Drive by sharing information with your family, friends and coworkers. We’ve created a handy kit with everything you need to let your network know about this great community effort.

Click here for our social media kit and help us spread the word.



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


Photos by Beth Skogen Photography


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Each year, we can only achieve our goal because of organizations that pull together and contribute tremendous amounts of food, money and time to help us organize it all. Thank you to these sponsors for giving the gift of a holiday meal to families in our community.

If your business or organization is interested in sponsoring the 2021 Thanksgiving Basket Drive, it's not too late! Contact Jon Lica, Director of Corporate & Community Relations, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-204-8033.


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Amtelco  |  Clasen Quality Chocolate   |  CMI Management  |  Gebhardt Development  |  Josh Erickson Agency LLC-American Family Insurance  |  Madison Investments  |  Messiah Lutheran Church  |  Old National Bank  |  R.E. Golden Produce Co.  |  Reynolds Transfer & Storage  |  Stevens Construction  |  SVA Certified Public Accountants  |  Sweet Orchard Outreach Ministries  |  Yahara Software  |  Wisconsin Surplus Online Auction

ANAALA Salon and Spa  |  Baer Insurance  |  Eastside Veterinary Clinic  |  Food Fight Restaurant Group  |  Isthmus Eye Care  |  Jenifer Street Market  |  Kirch Appliance  |  Pellitteri Waste Systems |  TTJ Packing Co.  |  Weichert Realtors Lakepoint  |  Willy Street Co-op  |  Wine and 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 twelve 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. 

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

EatStreet Fundraiser at Madison Night Market

Goodman Community Center will be joining the EatStreet booth at the Madison Night Market to raise money and talk all things Thanksgiving! Cash and Square donations accepted.

  • When: Friday, October 22, from 4pm - 9pm
  • Where: Madison Night Market, along State Street and Gilman Street

UW Women's Volleyball Stuff the Field House

Bring canned goods/non-perishable foods and monetary donations to the UW Women's Volleyball game against Ohio State and help us stuff the Field House with items for our Thanksgiving Basket Drive! Cash, online donations, Paypal, and food donations accepted at the entrance.

  • When: Friday, October 22, 8pm
  • Where: UW Field House, 1450 Monroe St, Madison

Food Fight Pie Drive

Bar Corallini, 2004 Atwood Ave., Madison
Monty's Blue Plate Diner, 2089 Atwood Ave., Madison
Tex Tubb's Taco Palace, 2009 Atwood Ave., Madison

Help Bar Corallini, Monty's Blue Plate Diner, and Tex Tubb's Taco Palace reach their goal of donating 500 pies to Goodman Community Center's Thanksgiving Basket Drive. Ask your server to add a donation of any denomination to your bill, or add a donation to your online order. $15 provides one Dane County family with a Monty's pumpkin pie to finish off their Thanksgiving meal.

  • When: October 5-31, check restaurants for service hours

Hy-Vee Food Drives

Donate to our Thanksgiving Basket Drive while you shop! Purchase items from our grocery list during your regular shopping and leave them in a marked cart near the entrance, or leave your frozen turkey with your cashier. Hy-Vee will deliver them to us in time for Thanksgiving.

  • When:
    • Saturday, November 6, 10am - 2pm
    • Sunday, November 7, 10am - 2pm
  • Where: Hy-Vee East Washington, 3801 E. Washington Ave., Madison

Glass Nickel Pizza Fundraiser

Add a donation to the Goodman Community Center's Thanksgiving Basket Drive when you order from any Glass Nickel location in the Madison area. Order online or by phone. Gifts will be matched by Glass Nickel up to $4,000.

  • When: November 8-14, check restaurants for service hours.
  • Where: Madison-area Glass Nickel locations
    • Glass Nickel Pizza East, 2916 Atwood Ave., Madison | Ph: 608.245.088
    • Glass Nickel Pizza West, 5003 University Ave., Madison | Ph: 608.218.9000
    • Glass Nickel Pizza Fitchburg, 3191 Muir Field Rd., Fitchburg | Ph: 608.848.4877
    • Glass Nickel Pizza Sun Prairie, 815 W Main St., Sun Prairie | Ph: 608.834.9919

Fill the Van Food Drives

For the sixth year, EatStreet will raise money and collect food for the Goodman Community Center. Want to help them make a difference? Join in on one of the Fill the Van food drives. Purchase items during your regular shopping, leave them with EatStreet and they'll make sure your donations get to the Goodman Center's Thanksgiving Basket Drive.

  • Willy Street Co-op North: Thursday, November 11, 4-6pm
  • Jenifer Street Market: Saturday, November 13, 3-6pm
  • Willy Street Co-op East: Sunday, November 14, 12-2pm


Cranksgiving sponsored by Black Saddle Bike Shop

Part bike race, part food drive, part scavenger hunt, Cranksgiving benefits the GCC Thanksgiving Basket Drive. Riders will receive a manifest with scavenger hunt details that include what you need to pick up and where to get each item.

On the day of the event bring a bike, a bag, a lock, your mask, and about $25 to $35 to buy food. Oh—and nobody is gonna be mad if you get more than what’s listed on your manifest. This is YOUR grocery-getting adventure. So stuff those panniers with stuffing, strap that turkey into your bike trailer, and grab all the green beans you can carry. Learn more here.

  • When: Sunday, November 21
  • Where:
    • Pick up your manifest at Black Saddle Bike Shop, 601 N. Sherman Ave., Madison
    • Drop off donations along the bike path at the Goodman Center

Volunteers contribute hundreds of hours annually to make our Thanksgiving Basket Drive a success. Below are some photos taken during our 2020 drive. A huge thanks to Beth Skogen Photography for donating her time and talent to capture these images.