How Long Could You Live Off of What's In Your Pantry?

How Long Could You Live Off of What's In Your Pantry?

When you hear people talking about survival preparedness or emergency food storage, it is often accompanied by snorts of derision and passed off as something hippies and conspiracy theorists would do.  Emergencies don’t always have to come from things like global warming, peak oil or a global financial crisis, however.  Often, the emergencies that require a food storage supply have more to do with our local circumstances than any large-scale event.

Having an extra supply of food is helpful for common situations too, such as a job loss, natural disaster or illness.  A couple of years ago, when my husband was laid off, we found ourselves surviving on just a few hundred dollars in unemployment.  The food that I had stored ahead was priceless for keeping us going when we didn’t have money to spare.

Food and water can mean all the difference for survival if your town is hit with an earthquake, flood or other natural disaster, and what if you or one of your family is sick and goes to the hospital?  Having food saved ahead can be a big relief for those left at home.

It’s a good idea to have a least a few weeks of food saved up in your pantry to help get through any emergencies.  Ideally, a supply of three to six months should make its way to your shelves, because that is enough to pad against a lengthy unemployment or other unforeseen event.

So take a look around your food pantry.  How long do you think your family could eat if you were unable to buy food for whatever reason?