How Much Food Storage Do I Need?

So your trying to ind out exactly how much food you need for your long term food storage requirements. If you did a general search you would have found the LDS Food Calculator. Go ahead and try it (opens pop-up window). You will find out the minimum amount of food they recommend adds up 515 lbs. for one adult. For a family of four, that's well over 2,000 lbs. of food. That's quite a lot of food, a lot of weight and lot of storage space required to store it.

Too Much Bad StorageIf you are planning on sheltering in place (assuming you can) and you have the skills necessary to create meals from scratch with the recommended staples, then you may choose to build your food storage based on these guidelines. For the rest of us, you can build your food storage with less weight and less storage space required with the prepared foods we offer at New Era Prepper. You can still supplement your food storage with basic staples.

The amount of food you should have on hand is dependent on several factors:

How many people do you need to feed?

Do you need food for one person? Two? A family of 4? A large family? How about sharing - will you share your food with the unprepared? The amount of food you keep in your emergency food storage is entirely up to you, but you need to consider these questions when planning your needs. If you have a family with small children, the general rule of thumb is two children under seven years old consume roughly the same amount of food as one adult. We have packages to fit any amount of people. Don't forget your pets!

How many months worth of food should you store?

This is always a difficult question to answer because of the bigger question it long will we be without food resources? The answer of course depends on the severity and nature of the event you are facing. At a minimum, we suggest two weeks supply of food for each person you intend to feed. This should support you through majority of natural disasters that you may experience through recovery. But what if you were affected for a longer period of time or you are faced with a long term recovery? We recommend at least a one year supply of food for each person you intend to feed.

How many meals a day do you and your family eat?

You will find some of our packages are two meal a day and some are three meal a day. Most of our two meal a day packages cover both lunch and dinner and can be supplemented with a breakfast package. You can also add specific items like meat, vegetables, and fruit products to your meals. We bring you a variety of food options to choose from with many possibilities. You are only limited only by your creativity.

How much do you and your family eat (serving size)?

Are you light eaters or hearty eaters? Are you going to be staying in one place or be on the move? Keep in mind that in a stressful situation, you may need to eat more food. The food options we selected to include in our store are based on the quality, taste of the food and long term storage capability. All the brands we offer are leaders in the emergency food storage market and all have a wide selection of food options to choose from. The details and specifications for each product are provided by each company and may or may not be consistent with each other when it comes to serving size. We suggest comparing the serving size when making your selection to determine how much food you need.

Caloric intake requirements

One proven method of determining how much food you need is to base your calculations on calories. The average adult needs an estimated 2,000 calories per day of food intake while a child needs about 1,500 calories per day. If you are on the move or more active than normal, you may need more. Also look at good calories versus fillers. A lot of calories from sugar drinks or candies are far less healthy than from a balanced meal. By basing your food storage needs on calories per day and calories per serving instead of servings alone, you can get a much better estimate of how much food you need to have in your food storage to survive for a month, 3 months, a year, or however long you would like to plan for.

How about variety?

Worried about eating the same things over an over again? Many of our packages have a wide variety of foods to mix and match and make different meals. We also have packages of individual meats, vegetables, fruits and deserts to add to your meal plan. Even with the variety found in our long term storage options, the same thing over and over may promote a bit of menu fatigue. That is why we bring you different brands to choose from that greatly increase your menu options. Don't be afraid to mix and match.

Getting Started

If your not ready to commit to a long term storage package, we recommend starting off with a smaller package and adding to your food storage on a regular basis until you are satisfied with the amount of food you have. If you would like to try out some of our meals before making a larger investment, we have several individual meals and sample packages to choose from or you can choose from our selection of short term packages.

A Word On Cost

You may be looking at the cost of our packages and the price may scare you off. Think about much do you spend a month of groceries? Per the USDA, the average cost of food per adult ranges from $240 for females to $304 for males with a moderate food plan. A family of four can reach $1,000 or more per month. The average cost of our packages for a months supply for one person is $170. When you consider the difference, you see the cost of our emergency food is significantly less than what the average person pays for food in a month. Enough so that it is worth considering using emergency food as part of your regular food plan.