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Why it is important to build up your personal food reserves?

January 21, 2011

Building your food reserves for your family is one of the most prudent actions you can take. No one knows what can or will affect the functioning of society or food distribution. With food reserves, you eliminate the worry. Each week, the attention of the nation is focusing more intensely on families storing quantities of emergency food and water in their homes. Why? Potential disruptions in the food supply can be caused by a number of factors such as unemployment, economic downturn, erratic weather, droughts, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, contamination of food supplies, and transportation disruptions.

Ok, so you’re ready to start building your reserves…now how much should you have, where should you get it, and where should you keep it?

What should I get?
There are a lot of different options out there. We settled on the delicious, nutritionally -balanced, easy-to-prepare gourmet foods from eFoods. They have a shelf life of 15 years, and are so great that if you don’t use them for survival, they make great everyday meals! As low as 90 cents per serving, these are so easy to make, and all organic that I’m halfway tempted to just use these for regular meals on a regular basis. Tonight is Cheesy Chicken Rice Casserole – and the expiration date on the back is Nov 15, 2025. If you want to know more details about this food, visit the Food Reserves page.

Try 6 meals free!
So what’s even cooler? If you want to check these out for yourself, you can try 6 meals for free! Just go to proverbs3121.myefoods.com. Feel free to watch the video, or go straight to getting your 6 free meals.

MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) are also another easy, nutritionally balanced food source. You can find them on eBay, Amazon or at your local military surplus store (sometimes – they often sell out quickly). I’ve tried both these and eFoods – the MREs aren’t bad, but I prefer the eFoods. The prices are about comparable if you shop around for the MREs, however, I also feel the eFoods are healthier. However, if you find something tasty you like in whatever MRE or brand, don’t hesitate to mix and match! If you have time to plan ahead, why not make sure you have lots of tasty food you actually like? 🙂

How much of a reserve should you have?
This is going to depend on your reasons for having an emergency food supply. Do you just want about a week’s worth to be ready in case of a natural disaster (right now in my area there’s a suburb that’s been trapped due to a flooding river with no power and no way out other than hiking on foot a 5 mile, narrow trail)? Or are you concerned about a longer food shortage or economic emergency? With the current state of world affairs, and predictions of coming food shortages, many experts are now recommending 6 months.

The eFoods Variety Pack is enough for 1 person for 1 week. So you would need 4 of these (or one Serve, Save and Share Pack) for a family of 4 for 1 week (of course, since our children are small and very light eaters, I figure that we could make them last a little longer). So obviously, a 6 month supply of food can be quite an investment – not to mention finding a space for storage! The eFoods meals are so delicious and inexpensive, that you could consider using some of your monthly food budget to buy them, then go ahead and eat some while saving the rest as a way to start stocking up on a reserve.  Just do as much as you can, as often as you can. Better to have something than nothing, but prayerfully consider how much your family needs and what your goals are.

What is the best temperature for storage?
As with all food, the optimum storage conditions are cool and dry (70 degrees Fahrenheit or lower). Prolonged heat decreases the nutritional value. We advise against storing the food in a garage or attic where summertime temperatures can exceed 100 degrees. Cold or freezing temperatures are of no concern.

Maybe you have an unused closet, or that weird little room under the stairs. Look up – is there room to put boxes on top of some cabinets or install some shelves high up? Depending on your climate, your attic or garage may be just fine.

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