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Even with COVID-19, inflation, ‘Thanksgiving for the Troops’ is still available, says Pentagon

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The COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain bottlenecks, and inflation are complicating communal meals and causing prices for staples like turkey and dressing to skyrocket, but Pentagon officials insist a will once again provide a Thanksgiving generosity to those who serve in uniform throughout the world.

For more than 50 years, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has been providing traditional Thanksgiving food for canteens, field kitchens and ship galleys anywhere in the world where US forces are deployed.

Thanksgiving it’s one of the most important meals we work on all year long, “said Army Colonel Larry Dean, director of subsistence supply chain for DLATroop Support Branch. “Our entire team works on it for months and we don’t stop until the big day.”

This year, the Department of Defense shipped more than 5,700 whole turkeys and nearly 60,000 pounds of roast turkeys. More than 40,000 pounds of shrimp and nearly 70,000 pounds of pies and cakes will be placed for starving military personnel.

the DLA works with regional vendors, both national and international, to ensure military cooks have the bird, side dishes, and desserts to prepare festive meals for troops away from home. Thanksgivingmilitary officials said. While COVID-19 remains a challenge for the Pentagon, officials say restrictions on dining together will be much less strenuous this year.

This Thanksgiving When the military services face significant deadlines to meet, Secretary Lloyd Austin’s order mandates that all civilian and military personnel in the Department of Defense be vaccinated against the deadly virus.

“Christmas food should look more normal this year, with in-person dinners coming back in many places,” said Army Brigadier General Eric Shirley, DLA troop support commander.

The average cost of the classic. Thanksgiving The 10-person banquet this year is more than $ 53, a 14% increase from last year’s average of about $ 47, Farm Bureau officials say. The average price of a turkey: the centerpiece in most Thanksgiving Tables – Up nearly 25% since 2020, according to Farm Bureau, the agricultural industry trade group.

“We are currently dealing with the same supply issues facing the commercial industry,” said Robin Whaley, head of customer operations at DLAnational troop support mission. “We have been working with our suppliers long before the holidays to reduce the chances that necessary items will not be available on the big day.”

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