KANSAS CITY, Mo. — We’re just two weeks away from Thanksgiving. But be prepared for sticker shock when you go to pick up your turkey.
According to the American Farm Bureau Foundation, prices have more than doubled on some types of turkey. The Farm Bureau says the retail price of skinless, boneless turkey breasts rose to an all-time high of $6.70 per pound in September. This represents an increase of 112% compared to last year.
For 15 years The Know Joey? The Foundation distributed turkeys to families during Thanksgiving. It was launched at Joey’s Barber Shop at 18th and Vine and has grown to help 1000’s of families a year.
This year the 24-hour turkey drive known as Turkey Tuesday moved to the Urban Youth Academy.
“With it being as big as it is, we have the space down here and we’re centrally located, with his barbershop across the street, so it was a natural fit for both of us,” Phillip Hannon, Sr. Manager. of the Urban Youth Academy, dit.
They’ll have the space, but will they have the turkeys? Rising prices are eating into the money charities have to spend on Thanksgiving meals.
“When they quoted me the price of turkeys I said, Jesus Christ, inflation is real,” said Joey, founder of the Know Joey Foundation.
The American Farm Bureau Foundation blames rising prices on avian flu that reduces supply along with inflation. A USDA retail sales report released Thursday paints a better picture for turkeys with the average price of frozen chickens rising from $0.88 at the beginning of last November to $0.97 a pound this year.
“I think it’s going to be a tough shoot this year. The reality is we can only give what we get,” Joey said.
Right now, Turkey Tuesday only has funding for 200 turkeys, and the barber behind the effort worries that prices could also affect donations.
The turkey prices are not only expensive for us and we try to make things happen for other families, but also for other people who want to help them. Prices are prices,” he said.
Are program recipients required to pre-register with The Know Joey? Website of the Foundation.
“The need has been growing every year. There are times when we think of giving up, there are times when we think this is too hard, but we always get reminders from people who need this program.
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