Getting Prepared: How Much Food Do You Need?
Gaye Levy, Contributing Writer
You have probably asked yourself: Just how much food should I store for my family’s long-term storage needs? There is no single best answer to that question, since everyone’s personal situation is different. Still, it is nice to have a set of guidelines from which to start.
Today I would like to introduce you to The LDS Online Food Storage Calculator. Using this calculator, you can determine the amount of food your family will need to store away for a given period. All you need to do is enter the number of adults and children in your family. Press “Calculate”, and like magic, the recommended amounts by category appear on the screen.
The amounts you will be presented with are for a year — that is a lot of food to purchase if you are just starting out. My suggestion is that you take that amount and divide it by 12 to get a monthly amount, or by 52 to get a weekly amount. Why? I don’t know about you, but for most people, putting together a monthly supply of provisions is far more manageable than looking at the requirements for one year.
So how much food would 2 adults need for 30 days? Here are results, organized in broad categories: