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And food banks feel the inflation pinch

Good morning to all and Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate.

Today I want to share a touching project from our Opinion team, which spoke to a half-dozen Philadelphians about the “chosen family” that defines them — and what family means in this pandemic life.

Also, we look at the toll inflation and supply-chain bottlenecks are taking on food pantries and the Philadelphians who depend on them.

We’ll be off tomorrow but back in your inbox Sunday. 🦃

— Kerith Gabriel (@sprtswtr,

Have the shared experiences of pandemic life made our bonds with friends and family stronger? We know six Philadelphians who say yes. Through a collection of essays, they convey tales of hope, sacrifice, and discovery, a Thanksgiving Day dose of inspiration.

A personal favorite of mine as a fellow North Philly kid is an essay from one Hunting Park resident. She says if it weren’t for the neighbors who looked out for her like she was their own, college might not have happened for her.

The entire series is definitely worth whatever downtime you have today.

What you should know today

  1. As the city approaches a grim new record for homicides, Mayor Jim Kenney blames the state.

  2. Give thanks to this Philly real estate pro who gave an Afghan family a place to live rent-free for an entire year.

  3. Meet the mom-and-pop sportswear maker from Norristown that beat Nike in federal court.

  4. Police found the body of a Voorhees man who beat his daughter to death with a baseball bat while she slept.

  5. With Sean Parnell out, a look at what’s next in Pennsylvania’s nationally watched Republican Senate primary.

  6. Eagles fans in Giants Country? It happens every Sunday at this Hoboken bar.

  7. Disrupting family routines and slowing economic recovery? The staffing crisis at Pa. child care centers.

  8. Philly is doing away with free holiday parking on Saturdays, which officials believe will make finding parking easier.

  9. Local Coronavirus Numbers: Here’s your daily look at the latest COVID-19 data.

For many Philadelphians living in poverty, area food banks are a blessing. But many of these pantries worry their food supply may dry up because of rising prices and clogged supply chains.

To keep up with feeding Philadelphia’s poverty-stricken, food banks like Philabundance have had to restructure budgets. The numbers tell the story.

  1. $120,000: The amount per month Philabundance budgeted for food in its fiscal year 2020 budget.

  2. $850,000: The amount it budgeted for fiscal year 2021

  3. $1.6 million: The amount it was forced to budget for fiscal year 2022 to keep up with demand.

Our reporter Alfred Lubrano has more on what food banks are grappling with. And if you’re looking for ways to help, we’ve got a list of community fridges and places where you can give back this Thanksgiving.

🧠 Philly Trivia Time 🧠

The Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia — returning after a pandemic hiatus — is the nation’s oldest parade. Today’s question: Do you know when the first Turkey Day parade in Philly was? Take a guess and check out this throwback story for the answer.

On this day in Philly

This should offer a hint for today’s trivia question into just how vintage the Philly version of the parade is.

A quick mea culpa: A typo in yesterday’s newsletter suggested that “COVID-19 is in the rearview mirror.” Trust me when I say that “isn’t” should have been the operative word there. We encourage you to continue protecting yourself.

Enjoy the holiday. ✌️