How Much Food Storage Should I Buy?
Are all the buckets and pouches and servings making your head spin? Where do you start? How much do you actually need? Don’t worry, we’re here to help, and have already done the math for you.
Each adult needs at least 1500 calories per day, according to industry standard. An average food storage meal is about 250 calories, so
1500 ÷ 250 = 6 servings per adult, per day
For children, calories amounts vary, but an average number would be about 1000 calories per day for a small child, so
1000 ÷ 250 = 4 servings per child, per day
So, add up the number of servings per day your family needs, and then multiply that by the number of days you want to have storage for, and you’ll get an idea of how many servings to buy. Each of our product descriptions gives the total number of servings that are in that bundle.
Below are some examples of how much to buy.
A family of two adults and two small children who want 6 months of food storage (182 days x 20 servings total per day) should buy 3,640 servings.
Double that to 7,280 servings for a year’s supply.
A one year supply for one adult (6 servings x 365 days) would be 2,190 servings.
Keep in mind that 1500 calories per day is a bare minimum. In an emergency situation, you’ll likely be very active and require even more calories than normal (and 1500 calories is on the very low end of normal, especially for adult men). It’s always better to err on the side of too much than too little.