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foodstorageTools for the Journey

  • a list of what you and your family actually eat
  • an understanding of how much you eat in; a week, a month, 3 months
  • a desire to begin

After several hours of, on and off chats with my three daughters, we finally came up with a beginner’s list of what we should store and how much and how, sometimes working these things out is not as easy as it first seems. For instance, the size of the family group changes things, whether people eat at home or at work, individual personal choices or what each person actually wants to eat. It brought forth some interesting chatter and out of the chatter came the following –

Grace, Adam and Ava (2 adults and 1 child)


1 week

2kg porridge oats or 2 x 8oog packets of cereal


20 tins of soup or baked beans or beans and sausages


Stew made from; 1 tin of carrots, peas, potatoes, sweetcorn – 7 of each for a week

2 tubs/packets of instant mash potato


2 bags of multipacks of chocolate and crisps


dried fruit

3 x tins of custard & 10 x tins of rice pudding, tins of fruit, bag of sugar, squash (diluted fruit drink)


14 tins of cat food, 2kg packet of cat biscuits and 1 bag of rabbit food (they have 4 cats and 1 rabbit)

Emily & Amelia (1 adult & 1 child)

1 week


porridge oats, sugar, milk

1 pack a week of porridge

1/4 pack of sugar

1/2 cup milk (approximately 100-150mls) x 2 per day

1.4 litre of milk

tins of fruit


Bethany & Paul (2 adults)

This is what Bethany wrote –

“Pasta, rice, jars of sauce, tins of stuff, tins of meat, veg, fruit…I don’t do specifics. A few bags of this and a few tins of that…it’s difficult to work out as we are both out of the house so much. At the moment (atm) i am eating Chinese 5-6 days a week (she is a dessert chef in a Chinese restaurant) and Paul eats at work 5-6 days a week”(he is a assistant dining room manager at a different restaurant.)

When pushed with “you have both broken a leg and there is a blizzard outside, ” she said she would order take-out.

Me & George the cat (i had more time to sit and work things out)


Individual packets of porridge  – a week = 7 pkt, a month 31, 3 months 93 = each box contains 10 packet so i would buy 10 boxes

Long life whole milk – a week = 1 litre, a month 4 litres, 3 months 12 litres

honey = 1 per week, 2 per month and 6 per 3 months

cereal bars = 7 per wk, 31 per month, 93 per 3 months – they come in boxes of 5 x 20 = 100

tin fruit = 3.5 per week, 15 per month, 45 per 3 months


tins of soup = 7 per week, 31 per month, 93 per 3 months – various flavours, although i came to the conclusion that soup containing a protein and vegetables would be best, e.g. meat and vegetable or beans and vegetables

cracker (individual wrapped portions x 3 per pack, there are 6 individual packs in a box) = 1.1 boxes per week, 33 boxes per month, 99 boxes per month

dried fruit (mini boxes) = 7 per week, 31 per week, 93 per week (12 boxes in a pack = 8 packets)


Rice – 75g per portion = 525g per week, 2,100g per month, 6, 300g per 3 months – buy 7 x 500g packets.

Tin of tuna = 4 per week, 16 per month, 48 per 3 months

tins of vegetables 2 portions per tin = 7 per week, 31 per month, 93 per 3 months

stock powder = 2 tubs

chocolate 100g bar = 7 per week, 31 per month, 93 per 3 month

tins of beans = 3 per week, 12 per month, 36 per 3 month

Water = 14 litres per week


It as a been interesting to see how much food, that even I, as a single person would need to survive for 3 months, if there was nothing, but my own food storage. It was also funny to share stories with my daughters. The Lord way is to prepare today for what may come tomorrow, because we have no idea what is coming, but the Lord does.

Things to do

  • prayerfully plan today for tomorrow
  • make a plan of how much food you will need to survive
  • begin today, by buying one thing and then add another thing