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Thanksgiving Feast Grabs Only Fast-Food Prices in Missouri

Salvation Army Maj. Lonneal Richards serves a Thanksgiving dinner to Antoine Newsome at the Harbor Light Center in St. Louis. (UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

By Sarah Ashworth, KBIA

Columbia, Mo. – A Thanksgiving turkey dinner will cost Missourians on average, eleven cents less per person than it did last year, and is much less than the national average.

For a turkey feast for ten, the Missouri Farm Bureau says Missourians will pay on average, $32.19 at the grocery store.

That comes out to $3.22 per person, eleven cents less than last year's cost, and thirty cents less than the national average.

The Missouri annual pricing survey is conducted early in November by volunteers throughout the state.

They gather prices for a 16-pound turkey, frozen peas, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, celery and carrot sticks, ready to bake rolls, pumpkin pie, coffee and milk.

Diane Olson, of the Missouri Farm Bureau, says turkeys, cranberries and milk fluctuate the most in price.

"Prices go up, prices go down, that's a very little change when you look at eleven cents, but yet it does impact the bottom line," Olson said.

This is the eighth year the Farm Bureau has sent volunteers scouring supermarkets for prices.

1997 saw the lowest price of $2.92 per person, while in 1996, the price hit its highest mark at $3.71

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