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Thanksgiving Food Facts Released by the USDA

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 by Maggie LaBarbera

Thanksgiving time is eating time!  The USDA released their annual report about the foods that make up our Thanksgiving feast.  I thought instead of doing portion control, let's take a look at what Thanksgiving actually costs and what is contributing to that.

Here are some food facts about Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving Fact 1:

It is estimated that the average family will spend about $50.11 for their Thanksgiving feast.  Just to put it into perspective, that is twice as much as was spent about 20 years ago.  It is up 2% since last year.

Of course, the majority of cost comes from the turkey.  a 16 pound turkey costs about $23- that is about $1.44 per pound.  

Thanksgiving Fact 2:

The typical Thanksgiving meal consists of 

  • turkey
  • bread stuffing
  • sweet potatoes
  • rolls with butter
  • peas
  • cranberries
  • a relish tray of carrots and celery
  • pumpkin pie with whipped cream
  • beverages of coffee and milk

Thanksgiving Fact 3:

Foods that went up the most in cost this year was for the most part came from the grains category (except pumpkin which is a vegetable):

  • pumpkin pie mix
  • bread stuffing
  • pie shells
  • brown-n-server rolls


Thanksgiving Fact 4:

The food items that actually went down in price this year were:

  • gallon of whole milk
  • coffee
  • evaporated milk,
  • onions
  • eggs
  • sugar
  • flour


Thanksgiving Fact 5:

Our American farmers have done an outstanding job keeping food pricing reasonable with Thanksgiving costing an average of $5 per person if you eat a home cooked Thanksgiving meal.

Monday’s Nourishing Thought:  

Say thank you to the local farmers around you every day making a difference!





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