The retail cost of menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner increased about 13 percent this year, according to an annual, informal survey done by the American Farm Bureau Federation.


The retail cost of menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner increased about 13 percent this year, according to an annual, informal survey done by the American Farm Bureau Federation. The organization’s annual price survey found the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 at $49.20, a $5.73 price increase from last year’s average of $43.47. While the dinner of eight dishes has gone up, the total price is still less than $5 per person served - a testament to the affordability of food in the United States. More information about the survey and some recipes for Thanksgiving classics are at http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news&year=2011&file=nr1110.html.