Spending on some Thanksgiving staples sees a surge

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According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, some Thanksgiving staples, such as butter, flour and canned fruit, are seeing some of the largest annual increases on record.

Butter and margarine increased by more than 30%, flour increased by 24%, frozen bakery products like pies increased by 20%, canned fruits increased by 18% and frozen vegetables increased by 16%.

“We’re going to spend more money on Thanksgiving this year than we’ve ever done before, and that’s how it is, and we’re lucky to be able to,” said Ramon Perez, who plans to host a family for Thanksgiving.

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Rising food prices are having a huge impact on American families, especially those who depend on nonprofits, to keep them from going hungry.

Metropolitan ministries said the need for monetary and food donations is greater than ever as the holidays approach due to inflation, rent increases and Hurricane Ian.

“Last year the average price of a turkey was $15 a pound, now they’re telling us it’s $1.99, that’s like a 75% increase, per pound, in the cost of turkey, so if a year ago you thought you’d be helping metropolitan ministries and could help a family, that’s a good year, those are heartbreaking circumstances for many families,” said Tim Marks, President and CEO of Metropolitan Ministries.

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Metropolitan Ministries has about 27,000 hams and turkeys ready for families for the holidays, but they expect nearly 37,000 families to need help this holiday season. This is therefore a deficit of 10,000 families and Metro Ministries said it could only fill the gap through donations from the public.

To help meet demand, the organization says it will have the most pop-up tents for food donations and pickups it has ever had, with 15 in Pasco, Pinellas, and counties. Hillsborough.

For more information on how to donate money, food, or sign up for the food aid program, visit: https://www.metromin.org/

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