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Goodman Community Center seeking donations to feed 4,000 families for Thanksgiving

Goodman Community Center seeking donations to feed 4,000 families for Thanksgiving

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Food pantry

Francesca Frisque, food pantry coordinator for the Goodman Community Center on Madison's East Side, gets items ready for distribution to the homeless in 2020. 

With less than a week to go, the Goodman Community Center is once again calling on the community to donate food for 4,000 struggling Dane County families.

“This is the week for us,” food pantry coordinator Francesca Frisque said in a Tuesday statement. “It’s crunch time, and while donations from food drives and our neighbors are coming in, we still need a lot of help.”

Now in its 33rd year, the Goodman Center has distributed baskets with all of the fixings a family needs for Thanksgiving dinner — turkey, stuffing, cranberries, gravy, rolls, potatoes, pumpkin pie and more.

Wisconsin produces more cranberries than anywhere else. And nowhere in Wisconsin is the tart red fruit more ubiquitous than the central sands area in Jackson, Monroe, Juneau and Wood counties, where cranberries are grown on about 270 farms spread across 21,000 acres. See how one of those farms, Wetherby Cranberry Company in Warrens, harvests this fruit that is unique to North America.

The center gave away about 3,500 food baskets in 2019 and just shy of 4,000 in 2020, spokesperson Amie Hoag said. About 4,400 registered for a basket this year and staff aim to distribute 4,000 of them this Thanksgiving.

To donate, visit A “canned food countdown” tracks how many items the center still needs, including 1,730 frozen turkeys, 6,850 canned vegetables, 3,792 roaster pans and 4,000 boxes of mac and cheese.

Donations can be dropped off at 149 Waubesa St. from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday.

Monetary gifts the center can use to shop for last-minute needs are also accepted at


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