Local businesses support Goodman Community Center’s Thanksgiving drive

Sponsor a Pie starts today
Local businesses support Goodman Community Center’s Thanksgiving drive

Local businesses start accepting donations to the Goodman Community Center’s Thanksgiving Basket Drive program next week, according to its website.

For the past 29 years, the Thanksgiving Basket Drive program has helped feed 3,500 low-income families in Dane County for Thanksgiving each year. Locals in the community are encouraged to host food drives. Three area business plan to offer ways to support the drive over the next couple of weeks.

Monty’s Blue Plate Diner started its “Sponsor a Pie” project Thursday, which will run until Nov. 10. The goal is to donate 500 pies to the Thanksgiving Basket Program. Customers can stop into the restaurant and sponsor one of the pies for $11. All of the sponsored pies will be donated to the program.

Two area grocery stores are also hosting drives next week.

Festival Foods on East Washington Avenue hosts drives Nov. 3-5 and will also accept financial donations. Starting Saturday until Nov. 11, they will allow customers to add $1, $5 and $10 to purchases to donate to the program.

The east side Hy-Vee on East Washington Avenue will also host drives Nov. 3-5. When purchasing Hormel boneless hams Nov. 1-23, customers will receive a free turkey. The Goodman Community Center encourages individuals to donate the turkey, so tell Hy-Vee you’re donating and they will store it to give to the program.

While the Goodman Center can receive donations anytime, it encourages others in the community to host food drives to fill the baskets with frozen turkeys, canned fruit and vegetables, jars of gravy, cans of cranberry sauce, boxes of stuffing, pie crust mix, pumpkin pie filling and more.