Shopping. Sometimes it can be a love/hate relationship, particularly when it comes to purchasing items for either starting or adding to a year or three month supply of food. Shopping for your supply does take some planning. Before shopping, hold a family home evening planning meeting and get members of the family involved. Plans should be made based on the food likes and dislikes of each person. Besides meal suggestions, special dietary needs or restrictions should also be discussed. Other things to consider are how much food, water storage, medication, household commodities and personal care products for each person is needed.
After planning and making the list where do you go from there? Besides your local grocery store, there’s Costco, Sam’s Club, Winco, Sprouts, Whole Foods, and the #10 can section of the larger Walmart stores. Items in this section vary with each store. There are also stores that specialize in food storage supplies and bulk and prepackaged food.
One such store is Honeyville Farms. Located in Tempe, they offer cooking and food storage classes as well as dried foods, grains and seeds, storage containers, cooking and baking tools, and bulk foods. You can also shop on line. Learn more about them at www.honeyville.com
Preparing Wisely, located in Mesa has classes and video demonstrations of tools, solar kits, grain mills, how to use a sun oven, and other supplies in conjunction with packaged and bulk food storage. To learn more about visit www.preparingwisely.com.
Thrive, formerly known as Shelf Reliance, doesn’t maintain a store but has freeze-dried fruit, vegetables, dairy and several other products in #10 cans or a small container called a pantry can that can be ordered online. Google “Thrive” to learn more about what they offer and how to order. All three of these companies have gluten-free and non-GMO foods.
The Mesa Cannery, (Mesa Home Storage Center) which is open to the public, is a good source for dry goods. Most items come in the #10 cans, but there are also bulk items such as black, white, and refried beans, onions, and hard red and white wheat. Canning your own product before purchase is no longer required. An order form for food storage products is available online at www.providentliving.org. Cannery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Planned storage in the home can help individuals and families be self-sustaining in whatever situation they meet. Accident, illness, unemployment, or commodity shortage may affect any family at any time. Wars, depressions, famines, earthquakes, floods, and tornadoes are also possibilities to consider in planning for the care and protection of the family.” (Taken from Essentials of Home Production & Storage, published by the Church, 1978.)
Visit www.lds.org/topics/food-storage where you can watch a short video about food storage. There are also links to additional resources.