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 to complete all the tasks associated with providing 3,500 Dane County families with groceries for a home-cooked holiday meal — we're so thankful so many choose to give others a Thanksgiving they'll want to remember. Read below to see how you can get involved.
Thanks to our partners:
Thanksgiving Basket Registration
Registration dates: Monday, Oct. 15 – Friday, Oct. 26, 2018
How to Register:
- Online: click the button below
- In person: visit 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
Only residents of Dane County, Wisconsin 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. 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.
What's in a basket?
Thanksgiving Baskets include all the ingredients necessary to make a home-cooked holiday meal. Items include: frozen 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 in bold indicate those needed for donation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you for any way you can help!
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.
Bronfman & Rothschild
Brothers Main Appliance & TV
Clasen Quality Chocolate
Dean Health Insurance Inc.
Hope Lodge No. 17
Isthmus Eye Care
St. Bernard Catholic Church
SVA Certified Public Accountants
TTJ Packing Co.
The Vinery Stained Glass Studio
Wine & Hop Shop
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.
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.
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 from 3pm to 7pm
- Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10am to 2pm
- Sunday, Nov. 4 from 12pm to 4pm
Purchase items from the Thanksgiving Basket shopping lists, including turkeys, and drop off your gift of food before leaving the store!
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.