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Is There a Turkey Shortage?

If a turkey is included in your holiday meal, Gary Sinderson explains why by now, many of us are all too familiar with the pandemic impact and the supply of a wide range of items, and there are some reports of turkeys being on that list this year.

For an update, we talked to the person in charge of all things farming in Pennsylvania, Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding,

“That we in the food system are experiencing those pinch points in the supply chain like every other sector.

I mean, there’s no hiding that. We are also experiencing the workforce shortages that other sectors are experiencing as well.”

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, there are less turkeys being processed this year, but it’s certainly not a huge shortage.

“Turkey supply is tight. You know, I think it’s if they knew this was coming, I would have hope that they would have said something prior to a lot of the stores are limited on what they’re receiving.

Mel Curtis from the Center County YMCA anti-hunger program, who says many of their corporate contributors, such as Walmart, are coming through and providing turkeys for families in need. The lighter weight birds under 20lbs are hardest to find, Redding says.

Your best bet? Shop early.

“Don’t wait until the week of Thanksgiving to make that purchase, so that’s an important reminder. Plan ahead. Be strategic, be patient, but also be intentional and start planning today for Thanksgiving Day”


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