Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Food, water and shelter are three of the most important items to have in an emergency. But during an economic emergency (where clean water and shelter are still available) food usually becomes priority number one. We never know when a job loss or financial crisis can happen in our own lives, so it's important to have extra food on hand, for when money is tight.

But where do we start? 

In a letter from the First Presidency in 2002, it states: "Church members can begin their home storage by storing the basic foods that would be required to keep them alive if they did not have anything else to eat. Depending on where members live, those basics might include water, wheat or other grains, legumes, salt, honey or sugar, powdered milk, and cooking oil. … When members have stored enough of these essentials to meet the needs of their family for one year, they may decide to add other items that they are accustomed to using day to day."

Begin by storing the following items:

  • water
  • wheat or other grains
  • legumes
  • salt
  • honey or sugar
  • powdered milk
  • cooking oil

The great thing about these foods is that they are generally more affordable than many of the processed and prepackaged foods we're accustomed to eating, and they're much healthier! When you've stored a year's supply of the basics, expand your storage to include foods your family is used to eating each day. By purchasing a little extra each week, your food storage supply will begin to grow!

To find out how much food your family would actually need to equal a year's supply, click here. For a  list of food items available for purchase at LDS Home Storage Centers, click here. For a list of our local Home Storage Center locations and contact information, click here.


  1. That much oil would go bad before it all got used. What's a better option? I know coconut oil is supposed to have a longer shelf life, right? Or can you buy vegetable oil packaged for long term?

  2. You're right. If you're not using it constantly, that much vegetable, canola or olive oil could possibly go rancid. Coconut oil is a great storage option because its shelf life is much, much longer. For more information about coconut oil, check out the following links...

    50 uses for coconut oil:

    Tips for cooking with coconut oil:

  3. That seems like a surprisingly little amount of things to have in storage in case of a disaster. Just goes to show how pampered we are when it's not the end of the world!