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Learn more about our Basket Brigade

Learn More About Our Basket Brigade


Each fall, the students, families and teachers of Los Cerros Middle School in Danville work together to accomplish a very special project called The Basket Brigade.  This project supplies 300 food baskets at Thanksgiving time to underprivileged families throughout the East Bay.  Each basket is a laundry basket that contains everything needed for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner plus many extras.  The items are cranberry, gravy, green beans, corn, chicken broth, fruit cocktail, corn bread mix, stuffing, fresh produce (oranges, apples, potatoes, onions, celery, and carrots), tea and hot cocoa, a paper towel roll, a tinfoil roll, and some small toiletries.  Two very special additions are a beautiful Thanksgiving card made by the art students and a homemade loaf of pumpkin bread baked by the cooking students and families at home. We also include a $10 grocery gift card for the purchase of a turkey.  We highly encourage student participation.  It is a wonderful way to help our children give back to their community.  The Friday before Thanksgiving, all 300 baskets will be delivered by our parents to local shelters for families suffering from domestic violence and homelessness and local organizations providing help to low-income families.  These shelters and organizations are located in Concord, Martinez and Livermore.  The majority of the contents of the food baskets are donated by Los Cerros families.  The produce is donated by a local produce wholesaler. Toiletries are donated by Las Trampas Inc, an organization that serves developmentally disabled adults.


Oct. 24th - Nov. 5th ~ Food Drive

Nov. 12th - 15th ~ Pumpkin Bread Drop-off

Nov. 14th ~ Produce Bagging

Nov. 15th ~ Basket Assembly

Nov. 16th ~ Basket Delivery



The Basket Brigade Food Drive runs Wednesday October 24 through Monday November 5.  Look for the Basket Brigade collection carts as the students are arriving at school.  Students will receive a ticket with their name, homeroom and number of items donated.  $10 Safeway gift card counts as 10 items. Students give the ticket to their homeroom teacher.  There will be a pizza party for the top 2 homerooms with the most donated items for each grade level.  All 20+ item tickets will be entered into a drawing for Run Day Passes. Home room classes with the most tickets win a prize.  Please help by donating the following items.  See a printable shopping list in the documents section on the left.

  • $10 grocery store gift card
  • canned corn
  • canned green beans
  • canned fruit cocktail
  • chicken broth
  • canned turkey gravy
  • boxed stuffing mix
  • cornbread mix
  • cranberry sauce

We also need volunteers to help collect the Food Drive items every morning before school.  Students can help too!  Please sign up for a day.



We will need 300 loaves of pumpkin bread!  The cooking classes will be baking but we need many home bakers as well.  The recipe is in the documents section on the left, or use one of your own.  Bread can be baked ahead of time and frozen.  Your house will smell great!  Pumpkin Bread will be dropped off before school Monday November 12 through Thursday November 15.  We need volunteers to help collect the bread every morning.  Students can help too!  Please sign up for a day.



The fresh produce for the baskets is donated by a local produce wholesaler, The Produce Exchange in Livermore.  The potatoes and carrots already come in bags but the celery, onions, apples and oranges must be put into plastic bags to be ready to go in the baskets the next day.  All students are invited to help after school.  We need parent volunteers to help too.  This will be Wednesday November 14, 2:00 – 3:30 PM.  Sign up 



After school on Thursday, November 15 all students are invited to help with the basket assembly.  All the items are set up assembly line style in the MPR.  Students start at the beginning with an empty laundry basket and go through the line, picking up one of each item.  This is a very fast and fun event! When finished, the MPR floor is covered with 300 loaded food baskets.  We need parent volunteers to help with the setup of all the items on the assembly line and then supervising as the students go through the line.  Sign up



On Friday morning, November 16, all 300 baskets are delivered by parent volunteer drivers to the receiving shelters, food banks, and community service organizations in Livermore, Concord and Martinez (a list is in the documents section on the left).  We need parent drivers with cars that can hold about 10 baskets.  It’s a great opportunity to see where our donations go.  Sign up

Basket Brigade Information


Blythe Soria,

Heather Ninekirk,

Sharon Menard,

Shelly Van Poppel,