‘Our community is still hurting’: First-day sign-ups for Goodman Center Thanksgiving baskets reach record high

MADISON, Wis. — A record number of people signed up for the Goodman Community Center’s annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive on the first day of open registrations.

Just over 2,400 families and indiviuals signed up Monday to receive a basket. That’s nearly 200 more registrants than the same time last year when demand was at an alltime high, event organizers said.

“When the coronavirus hit Wisconsin, we saw unprecedented levels of demand on our food pantry. Though those numbers have lessened and evened out, it’s clear by these early Thanksgiving numbers that our community is still hurting and in need of this service,” said Francesca Frisque, Goodman Center Food Pantry Manager. “Obviously, we wish people didn’t have to worry about where their holiday meal will come from, but we’re also glad that we can be a reliable source of help.”

The Goodman Community Center has provided local families with all the ingredients needed to make a Thanksgiving meal at home for the past 33 years. This year, the Center is aiming to serve 4,000 families, covering 25,000 area residents.

Any Dane County residents looking to sign up to receive a basket can register online or by calling 608-204-8018 Monday thorugh Friday between 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. A Spanish speaker will be answering phones on Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Registration is open from Monday, Oct. 18 through Friday, Oct. 29, but the Center may be foreced to close registration early based on demand.

The Center has resources available online for folks to set up their own in-person or virtual food drives. Financial donations and volunteering your time are also good ways to help. Those interested in helping can learn more on the Goodman Center’s website.

News 3 Now is a proud sponsor of this year’s Thanksgiving Basket Drive.