I found this “famine menu” on a political forum, of all things, several years ago. There was no link to an original post nor was any author listed. I liked the plan and wanted to share it because too many Americans see the need to prepare but can’t. The paycheck, if there is one, doesn’t come anywhere near to meeting the necessities.
On this famine menu food storage plan you’ll find very basic foods that are available anywhere. If you’re using an EBT card currently, buying a few of these items each month will barely make a dent. Once you have these items in place, you can always begin to add additional foods that you and your family enjoy. I’d recommend adding additional meat and chicken, either freeze dried or home canned. (Read this article on home canning meats. When you can buy meat or chicken cheaply enough, this is a great way to stash some away for emergencies.)
Keep in mine that every food storage plan must be customized to your own circumstances. If someone in your family is allergic to one of the items on the list, buy less or substitute something else. Stock up on the spices you use most. Those vary from family to family.
If you’d like a printable of this list, click here.
The Famine Menu Food Storage Plan
Per day for one person
3 slices of whole wheat bread (lunch and dinner)
1 pot of oatmeal (breakfast, vary with spices and fruit from the orchard or dehydrated or nuts)
1 pot of rice (dinner)
1 pot of beans (dinner, vary with spices and vegetables from the garden)
1 glass of milk
In addition per week
1 pint of jam
1 jar of peanut butter
1 spaghetti dinner with hamburger
4 pots of soup (From leftovers and Soup for A Year)
7 jar sprouting seeds rotation
In addition per month
1/2 -#10 can popcorn
1 can potato flakes
1 can refried Beans
1 can white flour
Shopping list: Amounts to store for one Person, two persons, three persons, four persons
Wheat: 90 lbs, 168 lbs, 252 lbs, 366 lbs
Rolled oats: 24 lbs, 48 lbs, 72 lbs, 96 lbs
Rice: 60 lbs, 120 lbs, 180 lbs, 240 lbs
Dry beans: 60 lbs, 120 lbs, 180 lbs, 240 lbs
Refried beans: 24 lbs, 48 lbs, 72 lbs, 96 lbs
Peanut butter: 17 lbs,34 lbs, 52-16 oz, 52-16 oz jars
Canned hamburger and other meats: 52 pints
White flour: 48 lbs, 96 lbs, 144 lbs, 192 lbs
Granulated sugar: 40 lbs, 80 lbs, 120 lbs, 160 lbs
Oil: 9 Quarts (See Bread for a Year), 18 Qts, 18 Qts, 18 Qts
Yeast: (See Bread for a Year) 2 lbs, 4 lbs, 8 lbs, 8 lbs
Salt: 8 lbs (See Bread for a Year)
Honey: 18 lbs (see Bread for a Year), 36 lbs, 57 lbs, 57 lbs
Powdered milk: 16 lbs (kids 32 lbs), 32 lbs, 48 lbs, 64 lbs
Potato flakes: 18 lbs, 36 lbs, 54 lbs, 72 lbs
Spaghetti sauce: 52 Quarts
Spaghetti noodles; 60 lbs, 120 lbs, 180 lbs, 240 lbs
Multi-vitamins: 365, 730, 1095, 1460
Popcorn: #10 cans, 6
Fruit jam: 52 Pints (one per week)
Sprouting seeds (Wheat, beans, seeds), 40 lbs, 80 lbs, 120 lbs, 160 lbs
How to Make Sprouted Wheat/Spelt/Anything Flour–Picture Tutorial!
In a dire emergency, you may not have electricity, or it could be subject to black-outs. In that case, start your famine menu using lesser amounts of food than you’ll need, since you won’t be able to refrigerate the leftovers. With each meal, add a little more food until you’re consuming everything within one day and tummies are all fairly satisfied.
Start now to make sure you are staying prepared.
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