What an average Thanksgiving meal might cost this year

Published: Nov. 22, 2022 at 10:09 PM CST
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CENTRAL ILLINOIS (25 News Now) - Two days out from the biggest meal of the year, shelves looked full in two different grocery stores in Central Illinois. With rising costs of food, the American Farm Bureau Federation is charting a 20% jump in prices.

Haddad’s West Peoria Market says it started to see a rush of people two weeks ago.

“We try to keep everything well stocked. We have trucks coming in here at least three times a week,” said Haddad’s employee, Gene Thompson Jr.

Shoppers 25News spoke with say they’ve noticed the stocked shelves.

“I haven’t had no problems so far, but I don’t go to a lot of different stores. Like right now, I came here for a rotisserie chicken, I thought, ‘If I can get everything right here, then I’m not going to another store,’ so I’m not,” said Peoria resident, Nancie Jones.

Shoppers also noticed an increase in prices. Jones says she spent about $50 more this year.

“Increase yes, there’s nothing that’s decreased, by far,” said Jones.

25News shopped around to see how much a Thanksgiving meal might cost. On the list was an 8-pound turkey, gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole ingredients, rolls, butter potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

Those ingredients cost $49.74 at Haddad’s.

Over at Kroger, its corporate office says a family of 10 can eat a traditional meal for $50. A Kroger manager says the key is buying generic Kroger brand products instead of name-brand items.

There are also options for pre-made meals. Meals started around $12 at Haddad’s for a plate of ham, potatoes and corn. Bob Evan’s meals cost around $18 per person for about 6 different items.

Even though there were increased prices, Jones says that was not her biggest concern.

“I’m just thankful to be with family. I’m blessed. I’m blessed every single day,” said Jones.