Cost For Thanksgiving Dinner Higher This Year, But About Average

Cost For Thanksgiving Dinner Higher This Year, But About Average

And this year, the average cost for a whole bird is $22.38.

"It is open to anybody in the community, so its not just those who feel like they can't afford Thanksgiving, it is also for those who don't want to be alone on Thanksgiving, so we welcome everybody", Food & Shelter Executive Director April Heiple said.

That's 9 percent higher than buying the same foods previous year.

Sleyster gives special recognition to Alan Armstrong, who prepares the food for the dinner each year. More than one family of volunteers have told Heiple the community Thanksgiving meal was the most meaningful and impactful thing they did as a family.

"Every year I say I'm not going to do it and somebody will say "You literally saved my life" and I say 'OK God". The rest includes ingredients for stuffing, pie, rolls and veggies. That's about $1.40 per pound, a drop of 2 cents per pound, or a total of 36 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2016.

According to a new report from the American Farm Bureau Federation, a table of turkey and all the fixings will cost approximately $49.12 for a group of 10 (including leftovers).

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Chism says prices can vary widely across the country, and even within the state itself. Reservations are not necessary, and transportation to and from the school is available.

Pennamon said collaboration from groups like Douglasville Community Outreach, Creekside Dental, Unity in the Community ATL, Rare Pearls, state Rep. William Boddie, Douglasville City Councilwoman LaShun Burr Danley, County Commissioner Henry Mitchell, Ruth Morgan at Golden Memorial UMC, along with U Got Next barbershop and several local pastors help make the Thanksgiving feast possible.

"More and more people became involved", said Sleyster. In the late 70s, farmers got about a third of each dollar consumers spent on food.

"I've never said no", she said.

Jenkins continues, "We're looking for a big crowd". IN ranks fourth in the nation for turkey production and turkeys consume about 15 percent of all soybean meal fed to livestock in Indiana.

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