Thanksgiving and inflation

Thanksgiving and inflation

 Thanksgiving dinner will come with a heftier price tag this year thanks to double-digit food inflation pushing up the cost of turkey, potatoes, wine, bread, and other holiday staples.

An analysis of Statistics Canada data shows the cost of a classic roast turkey dinner with all the fixings will run a family of four $203.95, with some leftovers.

That’s an increase of about 12 percent over 2021, and some Canadians may find themselves tightening their purse strings as they do their Thanksgiving shopping.

A survey by the Dalhousie University Agri-Food Analytics Lab found more than one in five Canadian shoppers will be changing their Thanksgiving menu to cut costs.

Meanwhile, others will struggle to put together a meal at all, meaning food banks will be stretched thin across the country.

Food Banks Canada says these organizations are seeing more need than ever even as donations are down ahead of the busy — and expensive — holiday season.

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It will be a sombre Thanksgiving for many across Atlantic Canada as they pick up after post-tropical storm blew through the area and disrupted lives and livelihoods nearly two weeks ago.

Darlene Hughes — who turns 65 on Sunday — won’t have the birthday, or the Thanksgiving she had hoped for.

The Charlottetown resident had planned a small party at home with friends and family to celebrate her milestone and the holiday.

Instead, she’ll be spending the weekend coping without light or heat, and cleaning friends’ homes for some extra cash.

And for the first time, she and her husband will not be enjoying a Thanksgiving meal.

The couple is on a fixed income and has spent most of their money on food and gas since the storm.

The holiday weekend has been dampened for thousands in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia who are still without power.

About four thousand homes and businesses in Nova Scotia spent their 13th day without power on yesterday.

Almost nine-thousand homes and businesses were still in the dark in P-E-I.

But Hughes says she still has a lot to be thankful for — her health, her husband, that she can still afford food and has a roof over her head.

 

 

By Marites de Jesus, FWH