11 donation, Thanksgiving meal resources for the Dane County community

For those who might need a meal this Thanksgiving or for those who want to donate, here are some resources.
Goodman Community Center Thanksgiving Drive
Photo courtesy of Beth Skogen Photography
The Goodman Community Center is one of the organizations providing Thanksgiving baskets to those in need.

As the pandemic continues to impact people’s finances, this Thanksgiving season has extra importance for those who need extra assistance from their community. Here are some resources with ideas on where to donate or where to go to find a Thanksgiving meal this year.

Thanksgiving-To-Go at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Good Shepherd will host its annual Thanksgiving To-Go this week, where people will be able to pick up their meals via drive-thru in the parking lot of the church’s Madison location. Typically, around 300 people attend, but the church had more than 700 cars in 2020. The church isn’t expecting as big of a response this year, since many COVID restrictions have been lifted, but they decided to keep the drive through format in case it allows them to serve more people. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Nov. 25, 5701 Raymond Road

Delta Beer Lab Thanksgiving Fest
Delta Beer Lab has partnered with 10 local businesses to offer a free Thanksgiving meal to 100 people in their taproom. “We offer this meal, free of charge, as an option for those individuals who may not otherwise have a safe/welcoming place, or a family, to go to on Thanksgiving Day,” Head Brewer and Co-Owner Tim Piotrowski says in a release. Tickets will be given out to ensure there is enough food for everyone, but are not required to attend. 3-5 p.m., Nov. 25, Delta Beer Lab

Hope Holiday Food Drive
The River Food Pantry is hosting its annual Help Other People Eat (HOPE) Food Drive, and is asking for donations. More than 97 cents of each dollar donated goes directly toward those in need, and $100 would buy a full week of essentials for one family. If you can’t donate, River Food Pantry has volunteering opportunities available each week to help with distribution. Nonperishable food items are also accepted. November, riverfoodpantry.org

Boys and Girls Clubs of Dane County
The Boys and Girls Club of Dany County is holding a drive-thru Thanksgiving Give Thanks Community Meal at three locations. Turkey and sides can be picked up right from your vehicle. Registration is open while supplies last. 4-6 p.m., Nov. 18, Taft Street Club, Madison; Allied Family Center, Fitchburg; McKenzie Family Center, Sun Prairie

Sharing the Holidays
The Road Home Dane County is also holding a holiday sponsorship program, where in lieu of physical gifts organizers are asking for monetary donations. Sponsors are asked to provide a $50 gift card for each member of the family they sponsor, along with a $50 gift card to a local grocery store for a holiday dinner. November and December, trhome.org/sharing-the-holidays/

The Road Home Holiday Wishlist
As the pandemic continues to affect daily life for many, The Road Home is also asking for extra donations to help families over the holidays. Cleaning supplies, paper products and laundry detergent top the list. November and December, trhome.org/wish-list/

Fill the Van Food Drive
EatStreet and Willy St. Co-op North have teamed up to host a food and fund drive for the Goodman Community Center. While any nonperishable foods are accepted, participants are encouraged to drop off Thanksgiving staples to help create Thanksgiving meal baskets. If you can’t make it to donate food, monetary donations are accepted. 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 11, Willy St. Co-op North

Seasons of Caring
United Way of Dane County is hosting its annual Holiday Wish List event to give people in the Dane County community an opportunity to help each other. Winter Glow, formerly known as Koats for Kids, has drives all November to help distribute donated coats to community members. They are also organizing drives all month to help The Beacon homeless day shelter gather necessities like disinfectant wipes, paper utensils and shampoo. Nov. 15-Dec. 31, unitedwaydanecounty.org

GCC Thanksgiving Baskets Distribution
Speaking of the Goodman Community Centers food drive, those Thanksgiving baskets will be distributed from the Center about a week after the EatStreet and Willy St. Co-op North drive. Registration to receive a basket has closed, and GCC estimates 25,000 people in the community will get a Thanksgiving meal through the drive. However, GCC will also be distributing leftover full, or mostly full, baskets once registrants have picked theirs up. More than 500 leftover baskets were available last year. Nov. 20-22 for registrants, Nov. 23, 10 a.m., for leftover baskets, Goodman Community Center

MOM Thanksgiving Baskets
Middleton Outreach Ministry is holding its second annual Thanksgiving basket food drive, which hopes to feed more than 750 people. The drive will let people choose their own meal from the food donated and purchased with donation money. Nov. 22, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., 3502 Parmenter St.

Neighborhood House Thanksgiving Baskets
Neighborhood House, based in downtown Madison, is holding a Thanksgiving Basket drive to support families in the community. Non-perishables and paper products are welcome donations, as are monetary contributions. Nov. 22, 12-6 p.m., 29 S. Mills St.

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