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2022 Thanksgiving Basket Drive

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2022 Thanksgiving Basket Drive

For the past 34 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.

We're planning on registering 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!). Everything costs more this year, and for the first time in a long time, we expect the cost of a basket to go up. This year, more than any other, we're going to be counting on YOU to help us provide groceries to 4,000 families. Will you help us make it happen?

Thanks to our partners:

    Needed: Thanksgiving groceries for 4,000 Dane County families! Can you help?

    • 4,000 Frozen turkeys, 10-12 lbs
    • 8,000 Cans vegetables
    • 4,000 Cans fruit
    • 4,000 Boxes mac & cheese
    • 4,000 Gravy, any kind
    • 4,000 Cans cranberry sauce
    • 4,000 Broth, any kind
    • 4,000 Stuffing, any kind
    • 4,000 Bottles vegetable oil, 16-24 oz
    • 4,000 Aluminum Roaster pans

    Dinner rolls, milk, butter, eggs, onions, potatoes, carrots and pumpkin pie are secured on our end and also added to the baskets.

    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.”


    We are so thankful for community partners, businesses and organizations that host events to support our Thanksgiving Basket program.

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    A group of people  making the letter "W" for Wisconsin with their hands, standing behind carts loaded with groceries

    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 our 2022 Thanksgiving Basket Drive, Contact Dani Luckett, Chief Development Officer, at or 608-204-8059 or click here for more info. Sponsorship commitments are due 10/1/22.

    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