Thanksgiving turkey nearly $25 this year for Southern Colorado Food Bank, compared to $16.75 last year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – Your Thanksgiving dinner is going to cost a lot more this year!

11 News spoke to the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, which reports that turkeys cost about $16.75 each in bulk last year. This year the cost has increased by almost $25

“A massive price increase for these turkeys. Inflation caught a lot of people by surprise this year,” said President and CEO Nate Springer.

Experts report not only that inflation is driving up the cost of your Thanksgiving dinner, but also extreme weather across the country and bird flu. IRI reports that Thanksgiving will cost about 13.5% more this year compared to last year.

“We’ve seen a whole new group of people, working-class families, cross the threshold of need in the last few months, so we have a lot of people who are fighting for the first time and could really use your help,” Springer said.

Experts say some ways you can save on your Thanksgiving meal include don’t skip the turkeysince a bird can give you many meals. Buy frozen instead of fresh, as items are often cheaper. Likewise, look for an exchangelike buying canned goods instead of making them from scratch.

“The pandemic, food banks were the winners in the United States because when all the restaurants were closed, the farmers and the government support we were getting, there was only one place we could send this food and that was food banks” said Springer. “Our Covid emergency programs ended but inflation continued to rise. So we’ve seen an increase in demand, but that increased demand hasn’t decreased. It’s actually increased throughout the summer months. Really important time to be behind Care and Share, to be behind Food Banking.”

Care and Shares Take a Turkey to Work Day is Friday November 18th. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Care and Share team and volunteers will be collecting frozen turkey donations at participating King Soopers locations in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

Last year, Care and Share collected about 9,000 turkeys. This year they are hoping for a record year by collecting 10,000 turkeys. KKTV, a proud sponsor of this event, will be at a King Soopers on Friday to raise funds.

“Food unites us. It’s not just the turkey, it’s the thing in the middle of the table that families gather around. We’re just so glad we can help. Imagine if 10,000 families could have that turkey and bring their friends and family to the dinner table for Thanksgiving,” Springer said.