President Joe Biden has sought to assure Americans that they need not go without as they sit down for their Thanksgiving Day meal. Biden’s attempt to dampen down fears about getting a feast on the table follows months of supply chain problems and the highest annual inflation increase for three decades of 6.2 percent. “For all those concerns a few weeks ago that there would not be ample food available for Thanksgiving, families can rest easy today. Grocery stores are well-stocked with turkey and everything else you need,” he tweeted on Wednesday. While not warning of food shortages, figures from the American Farm Bureau Federation revealed that the average cost of a Thanksgiving meal could be up to 14 percent higher compared with last year. Using pricing data across 50 states and Puerto Rico, the Farm Bureau blamed disruptions to supply chains over the last 20 months caused by COVID, inflation and difficulty in predicting demand. Its 36th annual survey was released on November 18 and looked at a basket of goods including fresh turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk. The Farm Bureau predicted that… Read full this story
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