Thanksgiving Food Baskets Program 2021


Every year, Associated Students, Inc., collects donations to support Sac State students and families in need during the holiday season. As times have changed, our community needs support now more than ever. Traditionally, we distribute Thanksgiving Food Baskets to students and families, in person. However, due to the pandemic shifting classes to an online platform, many students are still displaced outside of Sacramento. Therefore, this year we will be supporting local and non-local students. We want to do our part to make sure Thanksgiving is not canceled this year! We invite you to join our cause! Read more below to find out different ways to participate this year. 

Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive Flyer

How to Donate:

We will be accepting physical and monetary donations this year. All physical and monetary donations will be used to create a basket of food that will support sac state students and families. ASI also partners with representatives from Sacramento schools and church communities in order to provide holiday resources to families in need. 

The student organization and campus department that contributes the most complete baskets will win ASI’s Golden Plate Award as recognition along with a special prize (more details below)! 

If you would like to donate food items: 

Donations will be accepted November 1st - 10th, 9am - 4pm.

Drop of a complete basket at the ASI Student Engagement & Outreach office located in the first floor of the University Union, Room 1240. 

All the following items are required for a complete basket: 
4 Cans of vegetables (green beans, corn, mixed vegetables)  
2 Cans of fruit (peaches, pineapple, cocktail mixed fruit) 
2 Cans of cranberry sauce  
2 Cans of gravy  
2 Cans or cartons of chicken broth  
2 Boxes of cornbread mix  
2 Boxes of mac & cheese  
1 Graham cracker pie crust  
1 Box of mashed potatoes  
1 Box of stuffing mix
1 Can of pie filling 

If you would like to contribute monetary donations:

Monetary donations will be used to purchase a basket of food items for students who need support but are relocated out of Sacramento due to campus closure. For every $40, ASI can purchase all the items that will be included in the basket (listed above).

If you are interested in making a monetary donation, you can donate online HERE.

Compete for the Golden Plate Award!:

When donating in person, we will take down your department name or club/organization name and take a full count of how many full baskets were donated by your group. The student organization and campus department that contributes the most complete baskets will win ASI’s Golden Plate Award as recognition along with a special prize!

When donating online, make sure you fill out your department or club/organization name to have it counted as well! 

How to Volunteer: Let’s Decorate!

  • During this volunteer opportunity we are looking for help with decorating and assembling the Thanksgiving Food Baskets to be ready for distribution! 
  • To sign up to volunteer, use this link: 
    • Date: Friday, November 12th 
    • Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
    • Location: Forest Suite, University Union - 2nd Floor

Your support is greatly appreciated and makes a difference in our community.


Reserving a Thanksgiving Food Basket:

Are you a current Sac State student in need of food assistance this holiday season? 

  • Local students can reserve a basket using this link:
  • Non-Local student can reserve a basket using this link:
    • This mail out option is reserved for students who live outside of the region/state. Must live in the USA.

Faculty and Staff, if you know of a student who is in need, please encourage student to sign up using the link above.