I have recently been reading some blogs that discuss storing different amounts of food. The suggestions varied from as short as a month to a several years. Some people sounded like they thought they were ready because they had two or three hundred pounds of grains for their family. Me, I believe that you need at least enough food to survive through the next summer’s growing season. This requires at least a year’s supply.
This means that that if TEOTWAWKI were to occur in July, I would want to have enough stored food to survive until the next summer’s crop comes in. That would be a year and a couple of months. Even if you already had a crop in the ground, it probably would not be enough, plus many things can go wrong, from drought to raiders. If you are lucky and have a good crop right away and have success with hunting, the extra food is a good safety net.
I am convinced that most people do not store enough food. They underestimate the number of calories that their body will require, because of stress and hard physical labor. Children are another concern, I have been told by some people, yes I have a family of five, but the children are small they don’t eat much. Just remember time passes quickly and children grow larger not smaller. Malnutrition in children can stunt their growth and cause all types of health problems.
Here is a list of Ten Basic Foods You Absolutely Need in Your Food Storage and A List of Foods That I Recommend You Have in Your Storage. Whether you are bugging in or going to a bug out location, store as much food as you can afford. Some dried foods and grains can be purchased quite reasonably from the LDS (Mormon) Home Storage Centers.
Shop wisely and store a lot of food.