As she picked up a weekly supply of groceries at the food pantry at Boston’s St. Anthony Shrine, Jayme Perara thought ahead to Thanksgiving Day. In holidays past, she would serve her family turkey, as tradition calls. But this year, in a bleak reflection of rising costs and acute need, the Franciscans decided to hand out chickens to struggling families like Perara’s. Turkey prices had gone up, and in an economy where opportunities are scarce, more people were on hard times.
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