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Thanksgiving Basket Drive

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2021 Thanksgiving Basket Drive

For the past 33 years, our 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 registered more than 4,000 families for a Thanksgiving Basket filled with all the groceries needed for a traditional holiday meal — that’s more than 25,000 Dane County residents (including 10,000 children!). These families were counting on us and YOU, and boy did you deliver! From frozen turkeys to monetary donations, drop-offs of gravy when we were down to our last few jars, you turned out for our neighbors, and we're so grateful for that.

Thanks to our partners:

    A Look at 2021 Distribution Weekend

    We depend on community members to make this epic effort happen, including hundreds of volunteers. Here's a look at the people who work so hard to make Thanksgiving a success. Thank you to everyone in our community for your support!

    “I am a working mom of three. With bills and the cost to run a household, my children and I depend on food pantries. This program allows me to provide a nice Thanksgiving meal for my family. Thank you all so much for your kindness and donations.”

    Bucky Badger Heart Hands

    Red & White Hunger Fight

    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.

    Read more about our partnership

    For more information about our Thanksgiving Basket Drive contact:

    Francesca Frisque

    Food Pantry Manager
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    Thank you to our 2021 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 an upcoming Thanksgiving Basket Drive, it's not too late! Contact Jon Lica, Director of Corporate & Community Relations, at or 608-204-8033.

    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