Indiana's survey data is factored into a national market basket survey coordinated by the American Farm Bureau Federation, and the national survey also recorded an increase, rising from $49.20 in 2011 to $49.48 in 2012.
“The cost of this year's meal is around $5 per person, so it's still a bargain,” said IFB Second Vice President Isabella Chism, who farms with her husband in Howard County. “It's been a very difficult year for Indiana farmers, but our farm families feel honored and blessed to be able to produce the bounty that is celebrated at Thanksgiving.”
Almost all of the increase (in both the Indiana and AFBF surveys) can be attributed to an increase in the cost for turkey. The Indiana survey indicated that turkey increased by 20 cents per pound for a total of $25.56 for a 16-pound bird.
Price comparisonFood 2011 2012
Turkey (16 pounds) $23.68 $25.56
Stuffing (14 ounce) $2.50 $2.46
Pumpkin pie filling mix
(30-ounce can) $3.11 $3.05
Pie shell, 9 in. (2 per package)
Sweet potatoes (3 pounds)
Rolls (12 ounce/12 per package)
Peas (16-ounce package)
Relish tray (1 pound mixed carrots,
celery) $0.85 $0.85
Whole milk (gallon)
Cranberries (fresh, 12-ounce package)
Whipping cream (½ pint)$1.87 $1.80
Misc. ingredients (AFBF estimate) $3.10 $3.18
Total $49.38 $50.99
The Rescue Mission will host its annual Thanksgiving meal noon-3 p.m. Nov. 22. Last year, roughly 2,800 meals were distributed at the mission, 301 W. Superior St.