Apr

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 With onset of the Swine Flu, I have gotten more than a few questions about preparedness, most of it centering around having a food supply. How does one go about getting a food supply? There are several options and I've listed a few below.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has pretty much everything that you need and has the whole process down to a science. Here is what I googled to find the "Bishop's Storehouse and Cannery" in my area:

"LDS Bishop's storehouse and Cannery of *(name of your area)"

You have to go and can your own food. We've done it as a family on a few different occasions. It's a good family bonding experience and I highly recommend it. Taking part in the preparation of your own food (even down to the canning portion) is wholesome fun family activity and our kids mention from time to time "hey, I canned that food." When the food eventually appears on the table, it's kind of a pride of ownership thing.

Here are some other options to buy things directly. (Of course, "Sams" and "Costco" are options too).

Emergency Essentials

Walton Feed

Healthy Harvest

What I recommend is that if you are interested in building a food supply, you read the resources available at providentliving.

Remember, that just as important as a food supply is, you also need a water supply, too.

At the very least, have on hand what is known as a 72 hour kit. This is everything you need to survive for 3 days (which you can easily stretch for a much longer period of time than that. Again, water is THE KEY).

Then you can build up to 2 - 3 months supply of food. The above resources can get you to this level quickly and fairly inexpensively. Why do I say inexpensively? Well, on the surface it may seem expensive to buy 3 months of food, but if you learn how to use it, what you end up doing is eating it, and just rotating in new food.

Over time (or immediately if you have the financial wherewithal), you build up your supply of dry foods that can be stored, literally, for decades.

I can't even begin to describe the peace of mind you have knowing that you and your family could survive for long periods of time on your food supply.


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  1. Dave on April 30, 2009 11:46 pm

    Scott, I liked this post a lot. If you are looking at buying a decent amount of food storage and would like to save some money it is worth seeing if you have any friends that want some as well as you can usually get good volume discounts on long term food.

  2. Anonymous on May 2, 2009 9:46 am

    Dave,

    That’s exactly what we do. My wife coordinates food orders for a bunch of friends once a month and we get a big discount. Once or twice a year she coordinates a really big order. This does require a bit of work on her (she’s a stay at home mom and has some free time to do it). But it’s worth it, especially on the big orders. The group gets a discount for buying in bulk and my wife gets a further discount for acting as the coordinator.

  3. Shari Drennen on November 16, 2009 12:15 pm

    If you're looking at food storage you would do well to think of other non edible consumables you use on a regular basis right down to T.P. although you may not have room for a years worth you want enough to get you through until your family learns to do without. With today's markets and rising grocery bills food storage is maybe the best investment you can make. Food prices are going up faster than your 401k and as the old saying goes a "a bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush" $500 worth of food in your basement will do you a lot more good than $1000 in the bank if you cannot get to the store.

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