Food Pantries face impact of supply chain crisis ahead of Thanksgiving

MADISON (WKOW) — The comfort foods that make Thanksgiving special may go up in price this year, due to the supply chain crisis.

Tim Metcalfe, co-owner and president of Metcalfe’s Market, said he’s seen prices increase.

“We’re seeing food inflation being about 5%,” Metcalfe said.

Metcalfe recommends planning ahead.

The rise in prices comes as food pantries predict an uptick in the number of people they serve around the holidays. 

At the River Food Pantry, preparations are underway to provide 1,200 households with ingredients to make a Thanksgiving meal, on top of providing 2,500 Thanksgiving meals to go.

Food is a big part of celebration and we want to be able to support families,” Helen Osborn-Senatus, Director of Operations said.

But, Osborn-Senatus said they are not immune to the supply chain crisis either.

“I just found out that some items we had planned to come in this week may not be coming until the end of next week or closer to Thanksgiving,” Osborn-Senatus said.

As a result, they are asking for help filling in some of the gaps through donations.

“Whether it’s pie filling or stuffing mix or cornbread mix–things like that,” Osborn-Senatus said.

Across town, the Badger Prairie Needs Network is also stocking up for the holidays in the midst of the supply chain shortage.

“We may be short on things like bread and ingredients like some of the staple items, but it sounds to me like turkeys are going to be okay and we have pies,” Maggie Gleason, Executive Director said.

This year, Gleason said they plan to prepare 400 Thanksgiving baskets.

“It’s nice for our guests to know they can come here and get all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal and all they have to worry about is being able to spend the day with their family and friends,” Gleason said.

In addition to donations, both organizations say volunteers will be crucial in overcoming the challenges this holiday season is presenting.

More information about volunteering at the River Food Pantry can be found here and more information about volunteering at the Badger Prairie Needs Network can be found here.


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