KENOSHA, Wis. – Shoppers in Wisconsin told Fox News that they are fighting higher prices and supply shortages on Thanksgiving staples, especially turkey.
“I just can not imagine how everything is so much more expensive than it used to be around the holidays,” a woman told Fox News as she left a grocery store.
“It’s unfortunate, you know, because it affects everyone,” she continued. “I see it in every store no matter where I go.”
A Thanksgiving dinner for 10 has increased by 1[ads1]4%, according to a Farm Bureau survey. It also found that the price of a 16-pound turkey rose as much as 24%.
But some Kenosha shoppers thought it was even higher.
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“Probably a 30 to 40% increase on a lot of things, especially turkey,” another buyer told Fox News.
At the same time, consumer prices are up 6.2% compared to last year, the Ministry of Labor reported last week.
“Compared to last year and through the year before the pandemic, prices seem to be rising steadily,” Our Shining Stars Foundation founder Latrisha Cole told Fox News. The foundation, which prepares baskets with favorites like turkey and stuffing to give out to those who need it, has had a decline in donations this year.
“We usually get 300 baskets in the first two, three days,” Cole said. “Right now we’m barely getting all 100 baskets, so it’s just a match right now,”
She blamed inflation and price deferral for higher prices.
But other buyers who spoke to Fox News blamed other factors.
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“I’m starting to get tired of them using COVID as an excuse,” one woman said of the shutdowns. She said she believes shutdowns are responsible for higher prices.
Another shopper said that President Biden’s reversal of “a few changes that President Trump made” does not help.
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Fuel prices are up nearly $ 1.30 compared to this time last year, according to the Energy Information Agency, which means transportation costs for groceries have also increased significantly.