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Joe Jeffery loads a turkey and other foods into people’s cars outside Care House Food Bank in Nampa on Nov. 18.

A week before Thanksgiving, Homedale resident James Dahl’s 6-year-old granddaughter asked him if their family would have the traditional turkey for dinner — he couldn’t bring himself to tell her no, writes Idaho Press reporter Laura Guido.

A recent survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation found that the average cost of a typical Thanksgiving meal has gone up about 14% this year, mainly due to inflation.

Dahl’s family is already living on food stamps, so the idea of purchasing a turkey this year was out of the question, he said. On Thursday, he drove to Care House Food Bank in Nampa, where he has been an on-and-off volunteer for the past five years. Dahl arrived to inquire about a turkey, but ended up donning a reflective vest and helping with food distribution that afternoon as well.

You can read Guido's full story here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up today's Idaho Press; it's on the front page.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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