Why Store Food

1. The words of the prophets:

“Church members can begin their home storage by storing the basic foods that would be required to keep them alive if they did not have anything else to eat. Depending on where members live, those basics might include water, wheat or other grains, legumes, salt, honey or sugar, powdered milk, and cooking oil. When members have stored enough of these essentials to meet the needs of their family for one year, they may decide to add other items that they are accustomed to using day to day … Families who do not have the resources to acquire a year*s supply can begin their storage by obtaining supplies to last for a few months…Through careful planning, most Church members can, over time, establish both a financial reserve and a year*s supply of essentials.”

(First Presidency letter sent January 20,2002)

2. The scriptures:

“The principles of family preparedness and a woman*s part in them were not given for our time alone. I consider the woman described in the 31st chapter of Proverbs a provident woman. Recall her wisdom, prudence, frugality, and preparation, as “She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands … She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet…she looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.”

(Barbara B. Smith,

former General Relief Society President)

3. Short-term emergencies:

Those lasting 2 weeks or less such as unexpected bills; temporary loss of income due to illness, strike, or lay-off,; temporary interruption of utility service or transportation due to bad weather.

4. Long-term emergencies:

Lasting more then 2 weeks such as prolonged unemployment; overwhelming medical expenses; extended strikes affecting transportation or other essential services or causing loss of income; or loss of the breadwinner.

5. Natural or man-made disasters:

Such as fire, flood, tornado, drought, terrorist attacks on transportation, or other major necessities.