Food For Shortages: Catastrophe Stockpile

Get ready for the possibility of food shortages and start stockpiling food. Worst case scenario, you save money on your food budget and have a solid hoard of food for family emergencies and other catastrophes. Keep in mind that economic collapse, hyperinflation, and currency devaluation might mean that food is available but unaffordable. It’s not just about “food shortages.”

What is the best food to stockpile for shortages?

For food shortages and a supply chain breakdown, the best food to stockpile is dry staples like rice, beans, and grains and canned shelf-stable foods like fruit, vegetables, and meat.

When food shortages occur, what can be purchased will be limited to what the supply chain provides. Try to think ahead and stock up on items your family uses regularly. This includes food and non-food items. A healthy stockpile of dry staples and hygiene supplies will provide the calories and cleanliness needed to survive if trucks stop rolling or hyperinflation rears its ugly head.

Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.”

Henry Kissinger

Learn more about the best foods to store for emergencies, read the Ready Squirrel article, “Best Emergency Food: Cheap to Expensive.”

36 Foods To Hoard For Shortages

These are the foods I suggest hoarding for food shortages. At the end of the day, these foods are the best for any long-term survival scenario because they have been tested by civilizations and have proven themselves worthy to keep people alive during hard times. Most of my long-term food storage is based on these foods, namely white rice, wheat, dry beans, and rolled oats.

  1. Polished White Rice
  2. Jasmine Rice
  3. Basmati Rice
  4. Long-grain White Rice
  5. Arborio Rice
  6. Converted Rice
  7. Hard White Wheat Berries
  8. Hard Red Wheat Berries
  9. Rolled Oats
  10. Hulled Oats
  11. Pearled Oats
  12. Dry Beans and Legumes
  13. Pinto Beans
  14. Black Beans
  15. Lentils
  16. Split Peas
  17. Salt
  18. Table Sugar
  19. Field Corn
  20. Dry Pasta
  21. Quinoa
  22. Barley
  23. Rye
  24. Barley
  25. Bleached All-purpose Flour
  26. Vinegar
  27. Soy Sauce
  28. Baking Soda
  29. Baking Powder
  30. Canned Soup
  31. Canned Pasta Meals
  32. Canned Stew
  33. Canned Fruit
  34. Canned Vegetables
  35. Canned Tomatoes
  36. Canned Meat
  37. Multi-vitamins
  38. Water

Enough Dry Staples For One Year

Below is a stockpile of dry emergency food suggested by the LDS church to feed one person for a year. It’s a list of emergency or survival food in the true sense, without consideration for flavor or enjoyment. Once you have this food in a place, you can start rounding it out with canned food, condiments, freeze-dried foods, or other preferred foods.

  1. Grain 400 lbs
  2. Beans and Legumes 60 lbs
  3. Powdered Milk 16 lbs
  4. Cooking Oil 10 quarts
  5. White Table Sugar 60 lbs
  6. Salt 8 lbs

Grains (400 pounds)

Storage of 400lbs of grain storage includes a mixture of any grains you choose, polished white rice, wheat, grain corn, rolled oats, dry pasta, or flour.

I’m not a big fan of storing flour because it has a short shelf-life than whole wheat berries, but it’s cheap and readily available. Expect to get a 10-year shelf life from properly stored flour.

Store hard grains and rolled oats properly, and they have a shelf-life of 30 years.

Beans and Legumes (60 pounds)

Store 60 pounds of dried beans, lentils, and split peas for a dose of protein from filling comfort foods.

Store dried beans, legumes, and split peas in Oxygen-free storage, and they will last up to 30 years.

Learn more about emergency proteins. Check out the Ready Squirrel article, Emergency Protein: Top 19 High Protein Survival Foods.

Powdered Milk (16 pounds)

Non-fat powdered milk has the longest shelf-life and is used primarily for baking. Consider mixing fat and non-fat milk because fat is hard to get into your diet in a survival situation.

I suggest purchasing powdered milk professionally packaged for long-term storage. Stored oxygen-free, it will keep for 10+ years unopened, non-fat powdered milk will keep for up to 20 years.

Cooking Oil (10 quarts)

You can store any cooking oil you prefer, but you’ll have to rotate it. Unfortunately, cooking oil has a limited shelf-life of two years if properly stored.

White Table Sugar (60 pounds)

White table sugar has an indefinite shelf-life. Store it in a sealed container, keep it dry, and it’s good to go for the long haul.

Salt (8 pounds)

Salt lasts forever.

Learn how to prepare for food shortages or financial collapse. Check out the Ready Squirrel article, “26 Ways To Prepare for Societal Collapse.”

35 Canned Foods for Supply Chain Breakdown

Canned foods aren’t ideal for ultra-long-term food storage, but they shine for short-term emergencies because they are shelf-stable and ready to eat. Consider stocking some canned food for short-term emergencies but make sure to rotate your stock by the best buy date to ensure your stock is fresh and ready when you need it.

  1. Evaporated Milk
  2. Meat
  3. Tuna
  4. Beef
  5. Chicken
  6. Turkey
  7. Spam
  8. Salmon
  9. Sardines
  10. Corned Beef Hash
  11. Vienna Sausages
  12. Ham
  13. Chili
  14. Stew
  15. Pasta Sauce
  16. Fruit
  17. Tomatoes
  18. Peaches
  19. Pears
  20. Mandarin Oranges
  21. Pineapple
  22. Vegetables
  23. Corn
  24. Green Beans
  25. Potatoes
  26. Peas
  27. Olives
  28. Pickles
  29. Sauerkraut
  30. Sweet Potatoes
  31. Pumpkin
  32. Asparagus
  33. Pinto Beans
  34. Black Beans
  35. Chickpeas
  36. Navy Beans
  37. Vegetable Oil
  38. Shortening

34 Instant Foods For Food Shortages

These are simple foods you can reconstitute with hot water or open the package and eat. These types of food are excellent for food shortages because they are easy to make ready to eat, and many of them are filling comfort food.

  1. Knorr Pasta
  2. Knorr Rice
  3. Instant Cup Rice
  4. Muffin Mix
  5. Ramen Noodle Soup
  6. Dry Soup Mix
  7. Macaroni and Cheese
  8. Cup of noodles
  9. Bacon Bits
  10. Couscous
  11. Crackers
  12. Nut Butter
  13. Cereal
  14. Powdered Milk
  15. Powdered Eggs
  16. Waffle Mix
  17. Pancake Mix
  18. Granola Bars
  19. Nuts
  20. Instant Oatmeal
  21. Instant Potatoes
  22. Freeze-dried Backpacker Meals
  23. Freeze-dried fruit
  24. Freeze-dried vegetables
  25. Freeze-dried meat
  26. Instant Rice
  27. Instant Breakfast
  28. Freeze-dried Coffee
  29. Tea Bags
  30. Fruit Drink Powder
  31. Instant Hot Chocolate
  32. Fruit Snacks
  33. Potatoe Chips
  34. Corn Chips

Meat For Food Collapse

Meat protein and fat are the hardest foods to come by in a serious food shortage. Take this under consideration when planning your survival pantry. Ideally, we could all raise chickens for eggs and cattle for whole fat milk and meat, but many can’t do this, if not most of us. The next best thing is going to be canned meat. Following is a list of meats you can stockpile so you’ll have some on hand in the event of major shortages.

  • Keystone Beef
  • Keystone Chicken
  • Keysteon Pork
  • Keystone Turkey
  • Keystone Ground Beef
  • Lehman’s Canned Meat
  • Hormel Meats
  • Kirland Signature Brand Chicken
  • Spam
  • Corned Beef Hash
  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Freeze-dried Meat Mountain House
  • Freeze-dried Meat Nutri Store
  • Freeze-dried Meat Augason Farms
  • Freeze-dried Meat Honeyville
  • Freeze-dried meat Rainy Day Foods

Ready to learn more about canned emergency meats, check out the Ready Squirrel article, “Canned Meat: A Must-Have Survival Food.”

Foods In Short Supply: Venezuela

Venezuelans call the ongoing food shortages, the situation, or the Maduro diet. Economic collapse leading to hyperinflation and overall societal breakdown have left Venezuelans food, water, and electricity insecure with a high malnutrition rate.

The only way to get the food you want is on the black market at exorbitant prices. I’m writing this article, there isn’t technically a food shortage in Venezuela, and they have food at inaccessible prices. Imagine that the price of meat goes up 1,000,000% based on your currency.

  • Coffee
  • Cornflakes
  • Flour
  • Bread
  • Protein
  • Meat
  • Rice
  • Cooking Oil
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • Dry Black Beans (National Dish)
  • Corn Flour
  • Hygiene and Sanitation Supplies
  • Toilet Paper

Foods In Short Supply: Great Britain

Great Britain is having some of the same supply chain issues we’re having in the U.S.

Most of the shortages and spotty restocking of food supplies in the United Kingdom are due to shortages of truck drivers and a slow to recover supply chain. Spotty food supplies are not due to a lack of food.

Foods In Short Supply: United States

There really aren’t any food shortages in the United States, but there are supply chain issues. There is a lack of long-haul truck drivers, and a food supply system hasn’t gotten back on track post virus. Remember, it takes a while for the food chain to hit maximum output once it goes down or decreases operations.

There is a rumor that aluminum is in short supply, making it harder for manufacturers of canned food and beverages to get ahold of materials. I don’t see this being a long-term issue because aluminum can be recycled indefinitely, and the United States has the ability to recycle it. Most of the new aluminum does come from China.

Hyperinflation is rapidly rising inflation, typically measuring more than 50% per month. Hyperinflation can occur in times of war and economic turmoil in the underlying production economy, in conjunction with a central bank printing an excessive amount of money and can cause a surge in prices for basic goods—such as food and fuel—as they become scarce

Emergency Water

We’re talking about survival food, but I have to mention emergency water supply. Emergency water is an essential addition to your long-term food storage. You can survival a couple of weeks without food, only three days without water.

A clean water source is necessary for cooking dry staples, hydration, hygiene, and sanitation.

Ideally, have the ability to clean a natural water source but at the very least store one gallon of clean water per day per person.

I suggest storing at least a 2-week supply or 14 gallons of water per person. Add additional water stores for cooking beans, rice, and other dry staples and packaged foods.

What Causes Food Supply Chain Breakdown?

A Food supply chain breakdown occurs when networks of suppliers, shippers, and distributors hit roadblocks or bottlenecks in the food distribution system caused by issues with food harvesting, shipping, or packaging caused by a disruption anywhere along the supply chain.

The typical food supply chain has six parts: raw materials, production, processing and packaging, storage, wholesale distribution, and distribution to consumers. If any of these parts are disrupted, it can cause food shortages.

The food supply chain is a system of relationships and interconnections built over decades and cannot simply be turned on and off quickly. Once the chain is broken or lags in production, it takes time to build back up to full capacity.

24 Signs The Food Supply Chain Is Broken

Food shortages can be an indication of societal breakdown in general. It may not be obvious what is causing food supply issues, so start stocking up to make sure you have food when you need it. Here are 24 signs that the food supply chain is in trouble.

  1. Foods Shortages
  2. Food Rationing
  3. Price Controls
  4. Rising Prices
  5. Hyperinflation
  6. Empty Shelves
  7. Diminished Food options
  8. Limits on purchase quantities
  9. Stretched supply chain
  10. Rail breakdown
  11. Road system down or diminished
  12. Diminished labor pool
  13. Labor strikes
  14. Food manufacturing decrease or upset
  15. Packaging system upset
  16. Crop failure(s)
  17. Inflation or hyperinflation
  18. Insolvency of restaurants
  19. Insolvency of grocery stores
  20. Major increase in oil prices
  21. Currency devaluation
  22. Societal collapse
  23. Major catastrophes
  24. Manipulation
  25. Beuracracy making laws vs elected officials
  26. Corportacracy
  27. Graft and corruption
  28. Curfews and lockdowns
  29. Postal and delivery service overload
  30. Shift to online shopping and downfall of brick and mortar

Learn more about prepping for societal collapse. Check out the Ready Squirrel article, “26 Ways To Prepare For Societal Collapse.”

32 Food Shortage Supplies (Non Food Items)

Stockpile the non-food supplies you might need in case of a supply chain breakdown or other catastrophe or natural disaster. More than likely, you already have a lot of this stuff in the house, but it’s a good idea to have a list you can use to keep track of what you have on hand and what needs to be replenished.

  1. First Aid Supplies
  2. Prescription Meds
  3. Water Filter System
  4. Isopropyl alcohol
  5. Cleaning materials
  6. Laundry Soap
  7. Bar Soap
  8. Shampoo
  9. Hand Disinfectant
  10. Bleach
  11. Lysol
  12. Baby Wipes
  13. Trash bags
  14. Toilet paper
  15. Toothpaste
  16. Manual tooth brush
  17. Dishwashing Liquid
  18. Camp or portable stove
  19. Cooking Fuel
  20. Tinfoil
  21. Ziploc Bags
  22. Paper Plates
  23. Plastic forks, spoons and knives
  24. Cook Kit
  25. Manual can opener
  26. 5-gallon buckets for cleaning laundry and clothing
  27. Flashlight
  28. Scissors
  29. Knife
  30. Batteries
  31. Candles
  32. Lighters