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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Why Should I Store Food?

Originally posted on The ReadyStore Blog


Why Should I Store Food?

I sometimes have people ask me why they should store food. “Why should I store a year’s supply of food? Isn’t that a bit much?” The truth is a number of situations could occur that could cripple the food system in our country. By taking precautionary steps, you can feel secure that your family will survive in times of need.

A drought like the one that occurred during the Dust Bowl could lead to a famine. It’s hard to imagine since for many of us we have always seen fully stocked grocery store shelves and never a lack of food to buy. But various situations from trucking strikes to a pandemic to crop failure could lead to a lack of food. How long could you survive with the food you have in your home right now? A few days? A couple of weeks? A month or two? We have become so far removed from our food since it is shipped to grocery stores in brightly colored packages that we may not realize that crop failures can directly impact us.

I see food storage as a type of insurance plan. I don’t know if we will be hit by a massive earthquake, a flood, or a worldwide pandemic, but I do know that I have taken steps to care for my family if any of those situations occur. I am a mother and am driven by a mother’s need to care for her family. The thought of my children calling out, “What’s for dinner?” or pleading with me that they are hungry, and knowing that I have nothing to feed them, that we have no food, is a horrifying thought to me.

By eating out one less time a month, I can put an extra can of food in our food storage. By making small changes, I know that I can take steps to prepare my family and ensure their safety in times of distress.


1 comment:

  1. Back in the late '80s I took a job with a satellite dish installation company, bringing music and ads into grocery stores and drug stores.

    Access to the stores' roofs was in their back room "warehouse".

    The biggest shock I got was to discover that there was NO FOOD in the back room. Maybe, there was a rack of bread, but there were NO pallets of canned foods there.

    When food came in, it was immediately put on the shelves in the store.

    That's why grocery store shelves empty when a hurricane threatens. They HAVE no back stock.