How To Stock on Food For an Emergency

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It is good to be prepared with a 2 week food supply list for any emergency situation. Rainy days happen.

Emergencies are unpredictable, and having a well-stocked food supply can be crucial for survival during such times.

This article will provide an in-depth guide on stocking food for emergencies, including a comprehensive emergency food supply list and instructions on how to build a food supply.

Why Stock Food for Emergencies?

Emergencies such as natural disasters, pandemics, or economic downturns can disrupt normal supply chains, making it difficult to access food and other essential supplies.

Having a stocked food supply ensures that you and your family have enough to eat until normalcy is restored.

Groceries ready to be stockpiled.

A Glimpse into Well-Stocked Emergency Pantry Examples

Creating a well-stocked pantry is essential for ensuring food security during emergencies.

The provided pantry stockpile examples illustrate a variety of nutritious, long-lasting food items that can sustain a household when access to fresh goods is limited.

These examples highlight the importance of having a diverse and well-organized food storage, with items properly stored and labeled to prevent waste.

Observing these examples can offer valuable insights into building a sufficient and reliable food reserve, tailored to your household’s needs, preferences, and available space, ultimately providing peace of mind and preparedness in the face of uncertainties.

2 Week Food Supply List Basics

1. Stick to the Basics 

Create a list of the basic emergency supplies you need and want.

Prioritize your needs and wants.  

Check-off the items as you gather them.

Stick to your needs first!  Stay away from unnecessary items until all your needs are checked off.

2. Organize 

Dedicate an area for your emergency supplies stash.

It can be a pantry, a closet, the garage, space in a corner.

But keep the area organized.  

Take inventory of what you already have.

Go through your home and organize every room, closet, cupboard, and drawer.  

You’ll be amazed at how much stuff you already have.

Groceries for stockpile food supply

3. Shop Around

Never pay full price.

Do a little research first.

There are several ways to save money.

  • Couponing
  • Bulk shopping
  • Second-hand stores
  • Dollar store

If you are getting ready for an emergency, stocking up on food should be your first priority.

When an emergency happens, stores run out of supplies in a blink of an eye.

We’ve seen it happen over and over.

The big crowds, the long lines, and unfortunately the empty shelves.

Don’t be that person that waited too long.

Are you ready to be stuck at home for days, weeks maybe months?

Keep reading and see how can you prepare and what type of foods you should buy and keep in your pantry to be prepared for emergencies.

How to stock on food for an emergency

How Much Food Do You Need To Stock For a 2 Week Food Supply List For an Emergency?

It all depends on the nature of the event you are anticipating.

For example, if you are preparing for a weather event like severe weather, hurricane or tornado.

A three to four day supply should do.

How To Stock Emergency Foods

In the case of an emergency, it requires a bigger supply of food.

You would need to pay attention to your local authorities and prepare for the amount of time they are suggesting.

Some emergencies may be longer food supplies.

The best practice here is to avoid crowds and unnecessary contact with others.

This will limit your grocery store visits.

Reducing unnecessary contact with other people is the best thing you can do during an emergency.

What Are Non-Perishable Foods

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Non-perishable foods are staple foods that can be stored for a very long time without the need to be refrigerated.

They do not spoil. You can put then in your pantry, cabinet, basement, or garage.

These are the perfect foods to stock up on when you are preparing for an emergency.

Don’t think that because these are considered non-perishable food staples they are subpar.

On the contrary, most of these foods are healthy foods.

They do not contain preservatives nor any other unhealthy ingredient.

Why Do I Need Perishable Foods

Perishable food doesn’t last long.

They spoil faster.

If you are getting ready for a long emergency, perishable food would not last for too long.

It is always good to have basic staples in your pantry.

Most staples are known as non-perishable foods.

Easy perishable food meals to prepare like this quick and easy pasta

List Of Non-Perishable Foods To Stock For Emergencies

Below is a list of foods with a long self live that will keep you and your family well-fed during emergencies.

Also below is a list of fresh foods you can freeze and reheat.

Quick and Easy Recipes

2 Week Emergency Food Supply List

Canned or Bottled Non-Perishable Foods

Canned Vegetables
  • Vegetables (carrots, peas, corn, green beans, etc)
  • Tuna
  • Sardines
  • Condense milk
  • Pasta sauce
  • Tomatoes
  • Soups
  • Fruits
  • Sausages
  • Peanut butter
  • Olive oil
  • Apple sauce
  • Jam and jellies
  • Juices
  • Water

Dried Non-Perishable Foods

non-perishable foods for emergency
  • Dried fruits
  • Cereals
  • Oats
  • Nuts
  • Beef Jerky
  • Powder creamers
  • Ramen soup
  • Crackers
  • Pancake mix
  • Granola bars
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Beans
  • Herbs and spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc)
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Sugar

Perishable Foods You Can Turn Into Non-Perishable Foods


For the meats and fruits to store, separate, and section in serving sizes for the entire family. Place in freezer bags and freeze.


  • Pork
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp
  • Bacon
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Hot dogs
  • Sausages


  • Berries
  • Vegetables
  • Cherries
  • Mangoes
  • Melon (Cubed or sliced)
  • Peaches (halved or sliced)
  • Pineapple (chunks)



These can be store in the freezer. When ready to eat place in a hot oven and bake for 7 minutes or until warm.

  • Bread
  • Biscuits
  • Cakes
  • Pizza
  • Pies

Where are you going to store your food?

Do you have just one freezer or do you have a second freezer? Do you have a pantry set aside for your stockpile?

In my case I only have a refrigerator with an average size freezer, so I do not stockpile frozen foods too much because of my freezer limitations.

If you don’t have a big pantry or your pantry is already filled, you can choose other spaces in your home to store food.

Just be mindful of the temperature in those designated spaces. For example near a heater or radiator.

Do you need storage containers for your stockpile?

I would say yes, you do need storage containers. It is important to keep pest and insects away from your foods.

So based on which types of foods you are going to stockpile, it is best practice to have storage bin.

For example, can goods do not need to be put on storage containers. However, flour, sugar and things like that, it’s best to put in container.

Don’t Forget Your Pets

emergency kit for pets

Emergency Kits For Your Pet

  • Food
  • Water
  • Litter (for cats)
  • Plastic bags (for dogs)

Stock on Medicine and First Aid Kit

medicine and first air kit for emergencies

The last thing you want to do when you are sick is to head to the pharmacy.

You need to buy medicine that reduces fever such as Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen.

Also, medicines that manage a cough like sough syrups or coughing drops.

If you take medication for an existing condition, call your physician and ask for refills and get as much as your insurance permits.

This way you can have it in the house at your disposal without the need to go outside.

If you’re planning your meals right, it shouldn’t be a problem getting all the nutrients you need.

However, to be on the safe side, store multiple vitamins and minerals and have it available to supplement.

Emergency situations can be nerve-racking and stressful.

Be prepared and don’t let it get you by surprise.

Is never too late to start a 2 week emergency food supply.

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