Goodman Community Center’s Thanksgiving Basket Drive is looking to provide 4,000 Dane County families with traditional Thanksgiving meals.  [Photo: Ilana Natasha Photography]

The Goodman Community Center’s Thanksgiving Basket Drive will begin distributing baskets this weekend, but they are still in need of a little help from the community to provide groceries for 4,000 Dane County families.

“It’s crunch time for us,” said Francesca Frisque, GCC food pantry coordinator, in a statement. “Donations from food drives and community members are coming in, but we still need a lot of help if we’re going to fill 4,000 Thanksgiving baskets.

“I’m here with volunteers all week accepting donations,” added Frisque. “I’m hopeful we’ll be able to meet our goal, but it’s going to take a lot of help from our community to get there.”

For the last 32 years, the Goodman Center has provided Dane County families with everything they need to make a traditional Thanksgiving meal at home. This year, to meet the high demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Center has set a goal of 4,000 baskets, according to a press release from Goodman. The Center has already fulfilled its need for broth and canned fruit, and they’re more than halfway to their turkey goal.

The community can drop off food donations – contact-free – at the Goodman Center gym (149 Waubesa St.) during these hours:

  • Tuesday & Wednesday, Nov. 17 & 18 » 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 19 » 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 20 » 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday-Monday, Nov. 21 – 23 » 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Community members who would like to donate food are encouraged to check the Goodman Center’s website to see what is still needed. The Goodman Center is updating its Canned Food Countdown regularly there, as well as on their social media profiles.