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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 22,000 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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Check out this video of distribution last year:

Important Dates

Registration / El Registro

Monday, Oct. 18 – Friday, Oct. 29

Lunes 18 de octubre - Viernes 29 de octubre

Check back on Oct. 18 for the link to our registration form.

Basket Distribution

Saturday, Nov. 20 – Monday, Nov. 22

Sábado 20 de noviembre – Lunes 22 de noviembre

5 Ways You Can Help This Year

GCC TBaskets2020 BethSkogen Print 0771. 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.



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.

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 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.

Virtual Food Drive Kit coming soon!


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.

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. We’ve also created a Facebook profile picture frame that can be found by searching for “Goodman Center Madison.”

Social Media Kit coming soon!



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


Tbaskets 2018 credit Laura Zastrow 6 webThank you to our 2020 sponsors!

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, 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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Alliance Trailer, INC  |  Axley Brynelson, LLP  |  Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP  |  Clasen Quality Chocolate  |  CMI Management  |  Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin  |  Madison Investment Advisors  |  Messiah Lutheran Church  |  Sassy Cow Creamery  |  Stevens Construction  |  Willy Street Co-Op

Amtelco  |  ANAALA Salon & Spa  |  Complete Office of Wisconsin  |  Dane County Department of Human Services  |  Eastside Veterinary Clinic  |  Food Fight Restaurant Group  |  Gebhardt Development  |  Isthmus Eye Care  |  JP Cullen & Sons  |  Jenifer Street Market  |  Kirch Appliance Inc.  |  Pellitteri Waste Systems  |  Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ  |  RE Golden Produce Company  |  Scoops Pet Waste Management  |  Spectrum Brands  |  Stantec  |  SVA Certified Public Accountants SC  |  Temple Beth El  |  TTJ Packing  |  UW Credit Union  |  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. 

We are so thankful for community partners, businesses and organizations that host events to support our Thanksgiving Basket program. Check back next year to see what's cooking!

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.