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Local Charities Try To Combat Higher Thanksgiving Food Costs

Local charities are trying to get more donations to make up for rising food costs.

A survey conducted by the Indiana Farm Bureau found Hoosiers can expect to pay nearly 8 percent more for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Most of the price increase can be attributed to turkey, which went up 20 cents per pound this year.

Jake Bruner, office and development manager for the Hoosier Hills Food Bank, says they are working hard to get enough food to distribute to about a hundred local agencies that serve Southern Indiana.

Cost of Thanksgiving dinner“And we’ve heard that the need is fairly significant
this holiday season so definitely scrambling right now to get as much food into our warehouse as possible to distribute to all those agencies,” he says.

Bruner says food drive efforts at IU, Bloomington  High School South, and local elementary schools, as well as daily pickups from area grocery stores are helping the food bank meet its goals.

Monroe County Community Kitchen assistant director Tim Clougher says the kitchen is reaching out to the community for help. Smokin Jack’s Rib Shack will cook turkeys for the kitchen this year, but Clougher says they need people to donate the turkeys before they can cook them.

“They are very generous and provide free cooking for us for the birds and generally we will need to get those over by the end of this week so they can have them prepared and we’ll have them for use next week for Thanksgiving,” Clougher says.

Last year, the community kitchen served 500 meals, and delivered another 200. Clougher says they anticipate the need will be even greater this year and need about 40 more turkeys by Friday.

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