Local organizations preparing for higher Thanksgiving costs

Groceries including meats are higher this Thanksgiving.
Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 3:51 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 15, 2021 at 6:09 PM CST
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - The holiday season is expected to pinch Americans’ pockets more this year. Consumers are seeing higher prices at grocery stores as they prepare for their Thanksgiving meals next week.

Right now the economy is dealing with a perfect storm of circumstances including supply chain problems as well as inflation impacting consumers.

“Beef is up maybe 20% and pork is up maybe 15%,” said Dr. Dennis Jansen, who is the Director of the Texas A&M Private Enterprise Research Center. He is also a Professor of Economics at the university.

With meat prices up, Jansen said that’s impacting not just the turkey dinner but even more so for things like beef.

“Interestingly poultry is not up as much. It’s up, it’s still a pretty high 7.5% but turkeys [are] an exception to that. Apparently turkey prices are up and they’re up closer to 20% than to 10%,” said Jansen.

Local organizations are also seeing their costs go up for their Thanksgiving meals.

Gloria Kennard’s home from the garage to the kitchen is filled with items for her 33rd annual Thanksgiving Fellowship Meal.

“Oh the extra costs is out of sight, if you really want to know it’s too out of sight. But God is making a way and he has made a way for me to be able to purchase some things that I need,” said Kennard.

She plans to serve 600 to 700 meals next week, but getting ready this year is costing more.

“Compared to previous years it’s about $300 more so that’s why during the summer I start writing down what I need,” said Kennard.

Fortunately she has help from lots of generous donors and businesses.

“Area banks, area churches, my family and my friends we all get together and get what I need,” she said.

“Well I think the higher prices are just generally due to the sort of general inflation rate. Some prices go up more than others during a time of inflation, so I think overall the consumer price index is up about 6%,” said Jansen.

For Kennard, the meals will still be made, no matter the cost.

“The plans for this 33rd Thanksgiving meal is for the needy, the sick, the shut in or whoever needs a meal,” Kennard said.

Gloria Kennard’s Thanksgiving Meal is on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church. It’s located at 310 West M.L.K. Jr. Street in Bryan. It will be a curbside format. If you’d like to contribute you can bring donations there that day.

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