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More people turning to carryout and other prepared meals for Thanksgiving this year

Many people are avoiding large gatherings due to the pandemic
Kroger meals
Posted at 4:46 PM, Nov 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-27 00:03:35-05

With many large Thanksgiving gatherings on hold this year due to the pandemic, many people are picking up carryout or premade meals from the grocery store to have at home.

It will be a much quieter Thanksgiving for people like Iggy Gonzalez.

“In years past it used to be like 30-40 people. This year it's going to be four,” Gonzalez said.

Rather than cooking a large meal, Gonzalez went to Kroger on Thursday morning to purchase a prepared meal kit. Those are designed to serve four to six people.

"We do those every year, but this year we have seen a significant increase, just smaller gatherings or last-minute changes to gatherings… being able to get everything you need in a premade meal is a great solution,” Jared Madison, assistant store manager at Kroger on 116th and Cumberland, said.

Kris Jarosinski also picked up a meal kit on Thursday. She said she will spend the holiday at home, but she does plan to have her mother over for a bit.

"We're going to do a little bit of a social distanced Thanksgiving with us at the table and her at the TV tray on the side, so we will still be together,” Jarosinski said.

Kroger was also able to provide several meal kits to families in need. Madison said people were able to purchase a kit to “sponsor” another family.

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