Emergency Food Pantry

Joy Lasseter, Ph.D. Nutritionist, Professional Speaker, Author

During emergencies  food, bank, gas and emergency services may not be available. It is wise to have a plan to feed your family and help your neighbors.
(This article is for your Emergency Food Pantry only. You can attend Dr. Joy's annual Disaster Preparedness workshop in September for more comprehensive preparation information. You can also contact your city for other emergency preparation information.)

First - Don't wait! Pick up extra non-perishable food every time you shop. Buy what you eat. Rotate storage stock to keep it fresh. Grocery stores only stock for 3 days. Don't go hungry!

Second - Store food in a temperature controlled space. Avoid chemically treated plastic containers. No garage, attic or shed storage!

Third - Store minimum of 1 gallon water per person per day in hard plastic water containers. Avoid used milk cartons and juice jars due to residue.

Fourth - Buy smart supplies: manual can opener, disposable plates, utensils, cups. 2 burner camp stove with sealed propane canisters. Cook outside to avoid toxic fumes and fire hazard.

Fifth - Buy a variety of nourishing foods to maintain health.
Canned: beans, soup, vegetables, fruit, meat, chicken, fish, tomato sauce, milk.
Dry: pasta, dried fruits, jerky, powdered milk, nuts.
Packaged: multi-grain crackers, granola, cereals, pancake mix, biscuit mix.
Staples: sugar, salt, flour, baking powder, baking soda, oil, spices.
Avoid - sodas, fruit punch, cake, candy, cookies, chips and salty snacks.
These are empty calories and will not nourish your body.

Sixth - How much to store? That depends... How big is your family? How much food do they consume a day? How long will you need food? Recommendations for most situations have changed from 3 days to 2 weeks. I believe a month or longer would be more realistic if emergency services can't reach you. These are unknowns. Assess your situation. Provide for your pets too. Use your best judgement. Start today!

Seventh - If the power goes out for more than a few hours, eat your refrigerated food first, then the frozen food. Exception - ice cream will melt above freezing. Don't re-freeze thawed foods.
After all the perishable food has been eaten, then eat your non - perishable foods last.

Disaster Preparedness for Pacific NW 
September 23, 2018 - Annual Workshop  
An information packed 2 hour workshop on a wide variety of preparation topics.  
See Talk Topics for details or contact Dr. Joy.