Biden Brags That The Turkey Shortage Was Avoided, Jim Jordan Points Out That They Cost More This Year

President Joe Biden today bragged that an anticipated turkey shortage never ended up materializing, but U.S. House Rep Jim Jordan (R-OH) pointed out that they cost more this year.

Biden tweeted, “For all those concerns a few weeks ago that there would not be ample food available for Thanksgiving, families can rest easy today.”

“Grocery stores are well-stocked with turkey and everything else you need,” Biden added.

Jordan shared an article about the cost increases this year and tweeted, “Your Thanksgiving turkey costs more than usual. So will your Christmas tree. Joe Biden’s America!”

PBS reported today that according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average wholesale price of an 8- to 16-pound frozen turkey in mid-November was $1.35 per pound, up 21% from a year ago.

Butterball President and CEO JayJandrain said that his company, which supplies around one-third of Thanksgiving turkeys, struggled to attract workers earlier this year, leading to processing delays.

Jandrain said labor shortages have lessened and the company was able to secure enough trucks to get its turkeys to grocery stores. 

While turkeys waited, they grew bigger, adding to already skyrocketing costs for corn and soybean feed so while there will be about the same number of whole turkeys as last year, there are fewer smaller birds.