7 Basic Food Storage Resources for LDS Members (Mormons)

How to Get Started and Do it Right!

LDS members are commanded to compile food resources in their homes for emergencies. Food storage will help us remain self-reliant during times of need.

Times of need can refer to situational problems like periodic unemployment and political upheaval or natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods and epidemics.

Many events and situations can make food scare and our ability to obtain it difficult. By storing food, we should be able to get through difficult times better.

There is a lot of information on food storage out there, both in the Church and from secular sources. If you feel overwhelmed, you are not alone. What follows will help you cope with the basics and help you get started.

It will also equip you with an organizational understanding of what you need to focus on, both now and in the future. Short-term food storage should take precedence over long-term food storage, even though you can work on both simultaneously.

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Most Mormons want to follow the commandment to store food, but they have questions. What food should be stored? How can it be stored and for how long?

Answers to these questions can be different, depending on where you live in the world. The Church has answers. Start with this basic introduction to food storage and then build from there. More »

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This handout, either downloaded or available for purchase from the Church, describes the four categories of storage you need to focus on:

  1. Drinking water
  2. Normal food supply for 3 months
  3. Long-term food storage
  4. Financial reserves

You should organize your efforts according to these categories. Water is obviously critical and it is difficult to store. The Church offers basic guidelines and I expand on them to include details about bottled and commercial water. More »

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Two new pamphlets have been printed in 23 languages to teach families around the world the basics of budgeting and preparing for unexpected circumstances. Photo courtesy of © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

You should not store any food you do not know how to prepare and use.

Wheat is the best food for people and the most valuable long-term food to store. However, you should start learning how to use it before you amass a supply of it.

This grain, appropriately termed the staff of life, is a bundle nutrition and goodness. Unless you suffer from celiac disease or wheat intolerance, it should be the foundation of your food storage and daily food consumption! More »

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No food lasts forever, but some food can last a long time. Find out what foods store the longest.

Find answers to this and other frequently asked questions and get details on what to include in short-term food storage, as opposed to long-term food storage.

Also find guidelines on how best to rotate food in and out of both your short and long-term storage. More »

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Longer-Term Food Storage Guidelines

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Storing food long-term depends on what the food is, what it is stored in and where it is stored.

Follow these guidelines to select appropriate foods, food containers and ideal storage locations to maximize food quality and taste.

Most food items are easily stored in many forms. Photo courtesy of © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

It helps to see and listen to people talk about what they have done to store food and how they have done it.

These video resources are available on the Church's LDS Media Library. More »

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The Church currently operates 101 home storage centers in the United States and Canada where food storage items such as beans, dry milk, wheat, rice and sugar may be purchased. Photo courtesy of Mormon Nesroom © All rights reserved.

Buying food storage resources from the Church can solve a lot of problems for you.

It can provide you with food resources that can be stored long-term and already available in suitable long-term food storage containers.

Available directly from the Church and at home storage centers across the United States and Canada, these items can take the difficulty and confusion out of obeying this basic commandment. In addition, purchasing them from the Church also comes with a tremendous amount of piece-of-mind. More »