My Foray Into Food Storage

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How Much Food Do You Need To Survive For One Year? And Where Do I Buy It?


This post answers one of the most basic questions for those looking to build food storage: How much food do I actually need? And how much will it cost? Enjoy!



Laurel Laurie Staten Nguyen Newhall, CA

My Foray Into Food Storage

If you had to go to the grocery store right now and buy all the food you need to keep you alive for one year, do you have any idea how much that would be?


I would guess that most of my readers do not know, because I didn’t for a long time.  I felt like it must cost a huge, unattainable amount.  It isn’t!

The key part of this question is the word SURVIVE.  This is not the amount of food one needs to be happy or thrive.  Here is a breakdown of the amounts needed for one person:

Grains (wheat, rice, etc.) – 400 pounds

Beans (any kind) – 60 pounds

Fats (cooking oil, butter, etc.) – 10 quarts (2 1/2 gallons)

Salt – 8 pounds

Powdered Milk – 16 pounds

Wheat and Flour

How much does this cost?  Not as much as you’d think.  I buy…

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Author: Laurie Nguyen

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food. Want to be a little more prepared for the unexpected? Check out my Food Storage Blog, Have a question about Food Storage? Email me:

2 thoughts on “How Much Food Do You Need To Survive For One Year? And Where Do I Buy It?

  1. Problem is I can’t eat grains. I am on a mission to come up with a similar formula for someone like me who has a ton of food allergies. I essentially eat Paleo/Primal, so protein, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds and healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil and grass-fed organic butter. I figure lots of dehydrated meats, poultry, fish, veggies and fruits (single varieties, no “meals”). I also figure I’m going to have to raise a lot of my own, hence my chickens for eggs and meat and my plan to raise rabbits for meat. I am also not averse to eating bugs (did so in a survival course) if they can be made fairly unrecognizable (cricket protein is supposed to be awesome!).

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  2. Thank you for this awesome info!
    I would add the apple slices, extra beans, carrots & potatoes to the starter kit


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