Lots of people wonder how they can get started with food storage. You don’t have to be a mormon to see why storing a supply of your own food makes sense. I know people who have had something as simple as a blip in their employment, or a late paycheck, create the need for trimming down their personal family spending. When those times come, its nice to know you’ll have the necessities on-hand, and won’t have to go without.
A great way to get started is to read up on the subject. The Mormon church has a website called Provident Living, which gives all sorts of information on how and why we should be perpared. There are other internet resources that you can use as well, and a simple search will bring up lots of information.
If you’ve already done your homework, and are looking for a real way you can dive in, here’s my next piece of advice: make some time to visit a Mormon cannery near you. The Mormon church helps provide for those in need through its cannery system, which also lets people can food for their own use. When you visit a Mormon cannery, you can purchase high quality foods in bulk, for personal family use, at a great price. You can purchase the food and can it yourself, so that it will last for decades.
I have found that the internet doesn’t necessarily provide the best or most recent lists of Mormon canneries. The best way to find a Mormon cannery is to call a local Mormon church, or contact the Mormon missionaries. If you ask either of these resources for help, they are sure to point you in the right direction. One idea might be to contact your local Mormon missionaries for information on food storage, and see if they would be willing to accompany you to the nearest Mormon cannery. Then they can be there to answer any questions you might have, and maybe help you carry some of those heavy bags of wheat!
Need more ideas, or have more questions about food storage? Please feel free to ask and I’ll address them on this blog.