How much food storage do I need?

How much food storage you need depends on how many people are in your family. This will also determine the types of food you will want to store. The recommended amounts of basic food items per person for each month is as follows:

  • Grains 25lbs
  • Beans 5lbs
  • Powder Milk 5lbs
  • Sugar or Honey 5lbs
  • Fat and Oils 1lb
  • Salt 1/2lb
  • Water (see water storage)

If you have special needs, such as food allergies, you will want to consider this when making your choice of food items to store. Generally, figure out what you eat each week or month and times that by how long you want to store it. For example, if you eat 5 boxes of Macaroni and Cheese in a month and you want 6 months of food then you will want to buy 30 boxes.