A New One-Year’s Supply List Developed by BYU

one year's supply

One of the biggest problems many new preppers encounter is trying to visualize what a one-year’s supply of food for one-person looks like.  Over the years there are been many different versions published and handed out as the last word.  Well here is another one.  While doing some research I found this on the (BYU) Brigham Young University website.

As many of you know for years BYU has lead the field in studying long term food storage.  This is a list that they have recently added to their website.  It is a one-year’s supply list that has been modified in 2015.  It is a one-year’s supply of food for one person, providing between 2000-2400 calories a day.  This is adequate for most people, if you are doing hard labor you may want to consider adding some additional calories.

Long-Term Food Storage Items – at least 30 year shelf-life

Food ItemPer Person Amount Per Year# of Cases (6 cans per case)Approx. Weight (lbs.)
Wheat*24 (#10 Cans)4132
Rice, White*12 (#10 Cans) 265
Oats, Rolled*12 (#10 Cans) 229
Pasta (Macaroni or Spaghetti)*6 (#10 Cans) 121
Legumes (Beans, Split Peas, Lentils)12 (#10 Cans) 262
Milk, nonfat dry (15 year shelf life)12 (#10 Cans) 249 (or 28 pouches)
Sugar (or other sweeteners)12 (#10 Cans) 270
Apple Slices, Dried6 (#10 Cans) 16
Potato Flakes12 (#10 Cans) 222
Carrots, Dried (10 year shelf-life)3 (#10 Cans) 8
Onions, Dried1 (#10 Cans) 2
Salt, Iodized8 lbs.
Baking Soda (for baking and to soften old beans1 lb.
Baking Powder4 lbs.
Vitamin C Tablets365 tablets
* Grains (types are interchangeable based on individual preferences, e.g., 1 case of rice for 1 case of wheat)

Short-Term Food Items

Food ItemApprox. Unopened Shelf-life (years)Per person amount per year
Cooking / Salad Oils (e.g., soy, olive)1+2 gallons
Shortening / Frying Oils1+3 cans @ 3 lbs
Butter / Margarine (stored in freezer)16 lbs
Mayonnaise / Salad Dressings13 quarts
Peanut Butter / other butters1+6 lbs
Fruit Drink Mix (or bottled multivitamins)23 #10 cans (or 8 pouches)
Spices / Flavorings / Bouillon / Condiments2+
Eggs, dried (for baking not frying)3+2 #10 cans
Yeast5+2 lbs
Other Sweeteners (e.g., honey, molasses, brown sugar, jams, jellies, syrups)

Nonfood Items

  • Can Opener
  • Grain Grinder
  • Recipes – that use only stored ingredients

Now over the years, I have provided you with information on where the LDS Home Storage Centers are located and how you can purchase prepackaged, inexpensive long lasting food from them.

As you study this one-year’s supply list, you will notice that it is designed to work with the products that are available through the Home Storage Centers.  Check the price list; you will be surprised at how inexpensively you can build up a good stock

The other items that are included on the one-year’s supply list are readily available products that you can find at your local markets.  Now some of these products like the oils and fats need to be rotated on a regular basis.

If you have been prepping for a while, this is a good basic list to judge your storage against and if you are a beginner a good guide.  Now personally I would consider this list as a minimum one-year supply.  I would then add to it canned and freeze dried meats and vegetables, as well as some comfort foods.

6 thoughts on “A New One-Year’s Supply List Developed by BYU”

  1. Awesome, thanks for finding and posting this. I knew the LDS Church had to have something like this out there, but I can never seem to find them when I go looking for it. I will probably use this as a starting place for my food storage tracking app I am making. Like you said, it can use some modification to have some comfort food and whatnot.


    Many years ago, when i first joined the church, my missionaries brought me a list of what i should purchase each week for 52 weeks, to build up a surplus… is this still available somewhere?

    1. I looked around the web and found a couple of lists. If you search “LDS 52 week supply list 2020” go to images and you’ll find some lists. Hope this helps!

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