The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Holiday Shopping:
Thanksgiving Cutbacks

Nov 21, 2022

The American Farm Bureau Federation, the AFBF, says with prices up, Thanksgiving dinner will cost about 20% more than last year. For an average dinner that cost $53.31 last year for 10 people, this year’s meal for 10 will cost $64.05, says the AFBF. Perhaps that estimate applies to 10 smaller states in the middle of the country.

For the majority living in large cities, $53.31 for a 10-person dinner was already unlikely last year. A different survey, not conducted by the AFBF, said half of the people they surveyed claimed to spend from $100 to $200 on Thanksgiving dinner.

And that’s not counting some 30 million people who in 2021 went to food banks for free food. One charity in Dallas aims to provide 25,000 free Thanksgiving meals this year.

The entire dinner-producing population does not have a membership in Costco or Sam’s Club. The adult population has a whole lot of relatives who eat more than one dinner roll, more than one tablespoon of stuffing and more than two-thirds of a cup of mashed potatoes. These might be considered insulting portions in many families.

Holiday time is really special if you are a food processor, a grocery chain, an airline, or a big oil corporation. For the rest of us, less turkey and can’t afford the ham!