Inflation Affects Fish Fry Dinners

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ERIE, Pa. (Erie News Now) — Lent begins this week, and that means so does fish fry dinners.

Just like how you’re facing high prices at the grocery store, so are the people who are planning out hundreds of Lenten dinners.

“We’re seeing another 18 percent on certain products, egg based products, fish, shrimp and mac and cheese,” Event Coordinator Gary Quinlin said.

Last year the Holy Cross Church noticed a 37 percent increase on the price of the food they buy for the fish-fry. This year, with the cost of food rising once again, they’ve had to adjust.

“We’ve had to increase our prices. We’ve had to increase our adult prices to 14 dollars and our children’s to 7, but we’re not going to sacrifice on the quality or the quantity,” Quinlin said.

At St. Stans Church, they opted not to increase the price of the dinners.

“We actually kept the price the same as last year, so it’s 16 bucks and for 6 bucks for youth. You know you want to keep it affordable, you can’t out-price yourself,” member of St. Stans Church John Villa said.

And how do they work around the rising cost of fish fry dinners?

“We just kind of budget it in, we pick stuff up when it’s on sale, and you go get it and you work that way. You don’t cut meals and you don’t cut what you’re getting. So we prepare 500 meals every other Friday,” Villa said.


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