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Thanksgiving dinner will gobble up a good chunk of funds

For Thanksgiving, the nonprofit Open Arms of Minnesota will distribute 5,000 turkey dinners.

MINNEAPOLIS — Prices for the food you eat at home are up 12.4% from October 2021 to October 2022, according to the latest report from the Consumer Price Index Summary.

And some of those Thanksgiving staples are faring much higher. 

Turkeys are up 17% per pound from last year; fresh fruits and vegetables are up 9.3%; and canned fruits and vegetables are almost 19% higher.

Ingredients to make stuffing are way up, with bread increasing by 14.8%, butter by 33.6%, and eggs by 43%.

Open Arms of Minnesota is a nonprofit that cooks and delivers medically tailored meals to folks with critical illnesses. 

For Thanksgiving, the nonprofit will be distributing 5,000 turkey dinners.

“We've just seen a constant increase in prices and ingredients that are hard to get to,” said Open Arms CEO Leah Hébert Welles. “So it's not just the prices are really high, it's that it's hard to find the ingredients that we need almost all the time.” 

Welles said they were able to snatch 1,500 turkeys. 

“We call around, we call our friends in different organizations, we just really network and try to figure it out,” said Welles. 

Open Arms expects it’ll pay 20 percent more this holiday. They are raising money for their Thanksgiving dinners. 

To donate to Open Arms, click here

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