Madison Thanksgiving basket drive works to meet growing need

One pumpkin pie at a time they are making a holiday for 3,500 families in Dane County. The 29th annual Thanksgiving basket drive at the Goodman Community Center and volunteers are working to meet an ever growing need.  So far 3,500 families have registered to receive a Thanksgiving basket and another 500 families are on a waiting list.

On Friday volunteers started baking 3,000 pumpkin pies that will be distributed to families. While those pies are being baked the other items needed to fill the baskets are being collected.

To fill the baskets, the Goodman Community Center needs 3,500 frozen turkeys, 7,000 cans of fruit, vegetables, cranberry sauce, broth and 3,500 boxes of macaroni and cheese and stuffing. The center also needs 3,500 aluminum roaster pans.

Donations can be dropped off Saturday and Sunday at the Hy-Vee East store at 3801 E. Washington Ave., the Festival Foods store at 810 E. Washington Ave. or the Fresh Madison Market at 703 University Ave. Donations hours on Friday are from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Nov. 18 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., volunteers will pack the baskets, which will be distributed Nov. 19-21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cash donations can also be made to help with the purchase of Thanksgiving basket items. To do so visit the Goodman Community Center website at