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2019 Thanksgiving Basket Drive

For the past 31 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, that's for certain. We plan to register 3,500 families for Thanksgiving Baskets this year — that's 21,000 Dane County residents (including nearly 10,000 children!) These families are counting on us for a holiday dinner — and we need your help to make it happen. Read below to see how you can help.

Thanks to our partners:



Registration is now closed. El registro ya está cerrado.

How do I get my basket?

After registering for a Thanksgiving Basket, 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 distributed Saturday, November 23 through Monday, November 25.

On Tuesday, November 26, we will distribute the baskets that have not been picked up, as well as extra items that were donated, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. in the gym.  People who come this day are not guaranteed a basket, but last year we gave out over 300 that were missing only one or two items.

For more information, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions documents:  FAQ 2019  |  FAQ in Spanish

Canned food countdown 

Updated Monday, Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. 





 Frozen Turkeys








 Canned Fruit












 Mac & Cheese












 Roaster Pans





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

Give Money

Your financial gift helps us purchase turkeys and the perishable items listed above like milk, eggs and butter. Money also helps us buy in bulk at discounted rates —  making a dollar stretch much further. 

Give Now

Give Food

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.

We have the following materials available to help make your food drive a success:  8.5x11 flyer  |  11x17 poster  |  grocery list (3-up)  |  tips handout

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.

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 Wednesday, November 20 – Monday, November 25 (the earlier, the better.)

  • Wednesday, November 20 » 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 21 » 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
  • Friday, November 22 » 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
  • Saturday-Monday, November 23-25 » 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 web page with more information about the roles, as well as the opportunity to sign up. Questions about volunteer opportunities? Please contact Mai Lor Yang, Volunteer Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-204-8056.

Phone Registration  |   Bilingual (Spanish/Hmong) Assistance  |   Donation Sorting & Packing  |  Basket Distribution + Clean-up  |  In-Store Food Drives

Thank you for any way you can help!


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.

Tbaskets 2018 credit Laura Zastrow 6 webSponsor 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 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 Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 608-204-8033.

 Tbaskets Sponsors 2019 v2

Corner Stone Construction  |  Harvest Restaurant  |  Madison Investment Advisors  |  Martin Glass

Amtelco  |  Isthmus Eye Care  |  J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc.  |  JP Cullen  |  Kirch Appliance Inc  |  Plymouth Congregational UCC

St. Bernard Catholic Church  |  SVA Certified Public Accountants SC  |  TTJ Packing Co  |  Wine & Hop Shop

BGB logo 2016 Update NO backgroud

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. 

UW Women's Volleyball Stuff the Field House 

Wednesday, October 30 vs. Maryland - 7PM


  • Stuff the Field House: Fans are encouraged to bring stuffing and monetary donations to benefit the Goodman Community Center Thanksgiving Basket Drive. Items will be collected at the entrance gates before the match.
  • Halloween with the Badgers: Celebrate Halloween with Badger Volleyball! Dress in your best for a costume contest during the match along with other themed promotions.

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

Purchase items from the Thanksgiving Basket shopping lists, including turkeys, and drop off your gift of food before leaving the store! They’ll also accept financial donations if you’d like us to do the shopping.

  • Friday, Nov. 1  »  5 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 2  »  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 3  »  12 to 2 p.m.

Buy a ham and get a free turkey!

Thanks to the generosity of Hy-Vee East, when you purchase a Hormel boneless ham Nov. 6-25, 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 the Center and they’ll store it for us.

Turkey Drives

Pick ‘n Save, 6540 Monona Dr, Monona, WI 53716

  • Friday, Nov. 8  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 9  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 10  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 15  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday,Nov. 16  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 17  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Metro Market, 6010 Cottage Grove Rd, Madison, WI 53718

  • Friday, Nov. 8  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 9  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 10  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 15  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday,Nov. 16  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 17  »  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Shoppers can purchase frozen turkeys in the stores and then drop off with our volunteers before leaving the store! 

Stuff the Field House

Wednesday, October 30

UW Volleyball vs. Maryland, 7 p.m.

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.

First Pour! Great Lakes Christmas Ale

Friday, November 1, 5-8 p.m.

The Malt House, 2609 E. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53704

The 2019 First Pour party is free and open to the public. Customers are encouraged to bring donations for the Thanksgiving Basket Drive and in exchange for each item donated they’ll earn a raffle ticket for a Christmas Ale Mini-Fridge giveaway at the end of the night! Facebook event


Hoptoberfest 2019
Saturday, November 2, 7-11 p.m.

Italian Workmen's Club914 Regent Street, Madison

Taste all 36 entries, sample the 4 beers on tap, enjoy some food, and have tons of fun! $25 to attend. Purchasing a ticket online guarantees you a spot at the contest. You must be 21 years or older to sample beer at the event. Hoptoberfest proceeds, as always, benefit the Goodman Community Center Food Pantry. Last year they raised well over $800!

Coat & Food Drive

Friday, November 15

Player’s Sports Bar, 2013 Winnebago Street

Thanks to our generous community, Player's Sports Bar has donated thousands of coats and pantry items, as well as thousands of dollars to the Goodman Community Center. They are aiming for a record turnout this year! Please contact Laura, Mary or Wendy at Player’s Sports Bar (608)244-9722 with any questions or donations.


Cranksgiving is an alley cat food drive on two wheels -- part bike ride, part food drive, part scavenger hunt -- hosted by Revolution Cycles, 2330 Atwood Avenue in Madison. More info on their Facebook page

Volunteers contribute hundreds of hours annually to make our Thanksgiving Basket Drive a success. Below are some photos taken during last year's drive. A huge thanks to Laura Zastrow Photography for donating her time and talent to capture these images.