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2020 Thanksgiving Basket Drive

For the past 32 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 expect demand for baskets to be at an all-time high, so we plan to register 4,000 families — that’s 22,000 Dane County residents (including 10,000 children!). These families are counting on us for a holiday dinner — and this CAN’T be the year we don’t deliver. That’s where you come in. Read on to learn how you can help.

Thanks to our partners:

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Registration / El Registro 

Monday, Oct. 12 – Friday, October 23 / Lunes 12 de octubre - Viernes 23 de octubre 

Check back on Oct. 12 for the link to our registration form.

5 Ways You Can Help

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1. Make a financial gift.

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.


Give by mail: Make your check out to GCC. Mail to: Goodman Community Center, 214 Waubesa St., Madison, WI 53704


2. Host a food drive. 

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

Food Drive Kit coming soon!

Can’t wait? 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 not everyone is comfortable handling goods right now. 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. 

Virtual Food Drive Kit coming soon!

Want to learn more about what Virtual Food Drive is? Read our FAQs.


4. 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.  

Keep on an eye on this page for updates on what roles are available and the opportunity to sign up.


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.

Social Media Kit coming soon!

Delivering Food from Your Food Drive 

We can receive donations at any time, but if you’re 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 Monday, Nov. 16, through Monday, Nov. 25 (the earlier, the better). 

  • Monday - Wednesday, Nov. 16-18 » 11am-5pm  
  • Thursday, Nov. 19 » 11am-7pm  
  • Friday, Nov. 20 » 11am - 7pm  
  • Saturday-Monday, Nov. 21 - 23 » 9am-5pm


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.

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Are you ready to talk turkey? Because this fall, at least 4,000 families in Dane County will be depending on us for their Thanksgiving meal. We can only achieve this because every year organizations 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 organization is interested in sponsoring the Thanksgiving Basket Drive, contact Jon Lica, Corporate Giving Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-204-8033.

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Corner Stone Construction  |  Harvest Restaurant  |  Madison Investment Advisors  |  Martin Glass

Amtelco  |  Isthmus Eye Care  |  J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc.  |  JP Cullen  |  Kirch Appliance Inc  |  Plymouth Congregational UCC

St. Bernard Catholic Church  |  SVA Certified Public Accountants SC  |  TTJ Packing Co  |  Wine & Hop Shop

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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. 

Event information coming soon!

Volunteers contribute hundreds of hours annually to make our Thanksgiving Basket Drive a success. Below are some photos taken during our 2018 drive. A huge thanks to Laura Zastrow Photography for donating her time and talent to capture these images.