Thanksgiving Dinners More Costly This Year

Though prices are higher, USDA says there should be enough turkeys.

America’s traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner requires more financial “stuffing” than it did a year ago due to the rising inflation gripping the nation. 

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the cost of putting together a full turkey dinner with all the fixings is four to five percent higher than in 2020. A senior economist for the bureau said, “When you go to the grocery store and it feels more expensive, that’s because it is.” 

Food prices have risen 3.7% throughout 2021. The 20-year average is roughly 2.4%, she said. 

Multiple factors have come together to increase the cost of Thanksgiving dinner, which stood at roughly $47 in 2020 for a meal serving 10 people or fewer.  “These include growing transportation costs, labor shortages, and supply chain disruptions.  

Even though Americans might pay more for their dinners, they should be able to find the bird. The Department of Agriculture reported that 2021 has been “a very normal production year for turkeys.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For officials in the USDA as they work to support supply chains.
  • For agricultural producers as they experience shortages and challenges to farming and the shipment of products.
  • In praise to God for the freedom to celebrate giving Him thanks. 

Sources: CBS News, Washington Examiner 


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