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How To Build A Year Supply Of Food In One Year

Creating a one-year supply of food can be completely overwhelming. To help you get started we’ve broken everything down by month. This will help keep it simple and decrease the cost.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints recommends the following basic supply of food for one adult.

  • 400 LBS – Grains (includes wheat, white rice, oats, corn, barley, pasta, etc.)
  • 60 LBS – Legumes (dried beans, split peas, lentils, nuts, etc)
  • 30 LBS – Dairy Products (powdered milk, cheese powder, canned cheese, etc)
  • 60 LBS – Sugars (white sugar, brown sugar, syrup, molasses, honey, etc)
  • 6 LBS – Leavening Agents (yeast, baking powder, powdered eggs, etc)
  • 6 LBS – Salt (table salt, sea salt, soy sauce, bouillon, etc)
  • 30 LBS – Fats (vegetable oils, shorting, canned butter, etc)
  • 28 Gallons – Water (2 week supply only)

The Provident Living website has a calculator that will help you determine how much food your will need for your family.

Use this link to complete the worksheet below:

Adults (Over 12): __________

Children (under 12): __________

    • Grains: ____________ Divided by 12 ____________
    • Legumes: ____________ Divided by 12 ____________
    • Dairy Products: ____________ Divided by 12 ____________
    • Sugars: ____________ Divided by 12 ____________
    • Leavening Agents: ____________ Divided by 12 ____________
    • Salt: ____________ Divided by 12 ____________
    • Fats: ____________ Divided by 12 ____________
    • Water: ___________ Divided by 12 ____________

Because every family’s needs are unique, this monthly guide should be personalized to your individual situation.

The food storage list above is very basic and is enough to keep you alive, but does not include any extras. All of the basic supplies are the amounts needed for 1 adult. Please use the worksheet above to calculate how much you will need for your family.

Personally, I’m not a great cook and wouldn’t have a clue what to do with all the wheat and basic products, so I’ve expanded my food storage to include a lot of extras. Because of this, you’ll notice that I have broken each month’s supply down into two areas.

At a minimum, I recommend the basics which are all notated and at the beginning of each month’s list. Focus on the basics first and then gradually begin to build your emergency supplies.

Please keep in mind that everything is in different stages of being prepared. Many of the items on this list are expensive (ie. generators) and should be purchased based on individual situations. Start slowly and gradually build up your supplies.

Please download a PDF copy of the monthly food storage recommendations.