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Thanksgiving 2016 CREDIT Laura Zastrow Photography 442017 Thanksgiving Basket Drive

For the past 29 years, GCC’s Thanksgiving Basket Drive has become a tradition, with many long-serving staff, volunteers and their children returning year after year to assist with packing and distribution.

We have over 3,500 families registered for Thanksgiving Baskets this yearthat's a record-breaking 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. Read below to see how you can help.

Thanksgiving Grocery Countdown!

Could you help feed hungry families by hosting a food drive? Below is a current list of what's still needed to fill 3,500 Thanksgiving Baskets for Dane County residents:

Updated Nov. 20 at 4:00 p.m.

  • DONE! Frozen turkeys
  • DONE! Vegetables (cans)
  • DONE! Fruit (cans)
  • DONE! Mac & cheese (boxes)
  • DONE! Gravy (cans or jars)
  • DONE! Cranberry sauce (cans)
  • DONE! Broth, any kind (cans)
  • DONE! Stuffing (boxes)
  • DONE! Pumpkin pie filling (cans)
  • DONE! Pie crust mix (boxes)
  • DONE! Evaporated milk (cans)
  • DONE! Pie tins
  • DONE! Aluminum roaster pans

We'd love to know if you're hosting a food drive for us. Fill out the food drive form below to let us know. We have an 8.5x11 poster, 11x17 postertable tents, grocery lists, and a tips handout for you to print and distribute.

Use this form to notify us of your Food Drive.

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. 15 through Mon., Nov. 20 (the earlier, the better)

  • Wednesday, Nov. 15 >> 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 16 >> 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 17 >> 1 p.m. -10 p.m.
  • Saturday-Monday, Nov. 18 -20 >> 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Donate Money

Your financial gift helps us purchase turkeys and perishable items such as milk, eggs, butter, and dinner rolls. Money also helps us buy canned food in bulk at discounted rates. To donate click the button below and note "Thanksgiving Baskets" in the giving preferences line.

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How Can I Volunteer?

It takes a lot of volunteers to make Thanksgiving Baskets a success, we’d love to have you join us. Volunteers are needed to staff food drives around Madison – collecting food items to ensure we can fill every basket. You can see all of the locations, dates, and times, and sign-up to help online by clicking below.

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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.

Thanksgiving Basket Registration


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

Click to view Thanksgiving meal sites in Madison.


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

Haga clic para ver los sitios de comida de Acción de Gracias en Madison.

How Do I Get My Basket?

After you register, you will receive a postcard in the mail. All postcards should be received by Monday, Nov. 13. You must bring this postcard with you to pick up your basket. If you did not receive your postcard and you signed up for a basket during open registration times, please bring a photo ID to pick up your basket. If you lose your postcard, please bring a photo ID to receive your basket. Please note this will make your pickup time longer. Baskets will be picked up Saturday, November 18 through Monday, November 20. For more information, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section below.

FAQ 2017FAQ 2017 in Spanish

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 CoordinatorThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 608-204-8033.


Cornucopia Sponsors

   Lauer Realty logoNGL logo Schoeps ice cream

Bounty Sponsors

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Corner Stone Construction MSB

WPS Foundation logo
Hy Vee.svg Second Harvest food bank


 Festival Foods Foley   

Abundance Sponsors


Clasen Quality Chocolate

CMI Management LLC

Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Madison Central

Martin Glass

Stevens Construction Corporation

Wine & Hop Shop

Plenty Sponsors


IBEW Local 159

Merrill Lynch


TDS Custom Construction

Media Partners

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Bucky Badgers Give BackThe Goodman Community Center's Thanksgiving Basket Drive is in the news thanks to a 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 seven years ago, the Red White Hunger Fight has represented the culmination of hundreds of individuals uniting to give back to the community.

This year, the Red 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. 

Badgers Collection Stations

U.W. Athletics will be collecting monetary and non-perishable food donations at the following Badger home events:

  • October 1 - Men's Hockey vs. Michigan Tech
  • October 4 - Volleyball vs. Minnesota
  • October 10 - Men's Soccer vs. Green Bay

Additionally, bags will be distributed around the Camp Randall neighborhood prior to the three Badger home events listed above to collect monetary and non-perishable food donations. All monetary donations should be mailed in with the envelope provided, while non-perishables will be picked up on October 12th.

Talbots Fashionable Fundraiser

7815 Mineral Point Road • Madison, WI • (608) 833-5353

You are invited to join us for a day of shopping – all for a good cause – on Thursday, Oct. 19. 10% of pre-tax sales will be donated to the Goodman Thanksgiving Baskets program.

Festival Foods Register Donation Drive

 810 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703

Add $1, $5 or $10 to your purchase total during the register icon sale from Saturday, October 28 - Saturday, November 11.  

Additionally, Thanksgiving Baskets Food Drives will take place at the store on:

Friday, November 3: 3-7 p.m.

Saturday, November 4: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sunday, November 5: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

They’ll also accept financial donations if you'd like us to do the shopping.

Hy-Vee East Donation Drive

3801 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53704

Thanksgiving Baskets Food Drives will take place at the store on:

Friday, November 3: 3-7 p.m.

Saturday, November 4: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sunday, November 5: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

They’ll also accept financial donations if you'd like us to do the shopping. Additionally, thanks to the generosity of Hy-Vee, when you purchase a Hormel boneless ham from Nov. 1-23, 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 us.

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, October 26th – November 10th. Sponsored pies will be donated to the Thanksgiving Basket Program. Stop in at Monty’s to sponsor a pie today!


Sat, November 18, 2017, 9 a.m. | 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-$20 to buy food. There will be a bonus check point and that would put you in the $30 dollar range. The ending spot of the race is TBD. 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

Thanksgiving Photos - 2016

Volunteers contributed hundreds of hours to make our Thanksgiving Basket Drive a success. Below are just some of the photos taken during the packing and distribution of baskest in November 2016. A huge thanks to Laura Zastrow Photography for taking these photos.

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