As she picked up a weekly supply of groceries at the food pantry at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, Jayme Perara thought ahead to Thanksgiving Day. In holidays past, she has served her family turkey, as tradition calls.
But this year, the Franciscans at St. Anthony decided to forgo the traditional bird and hand out chicken instead. With turkey prices rising, and more families falling on hard times, the decision was difficult but clear. Chicken would not kindle the holiday spirit, perhaps, but it would feed more people. Nowadays, that has to come first.