Shelf Stable - Emergency Food Supply Recommendations

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 This list is a guideline for use in preparing an emergency food stock.

Drinking Water

Water needs vary with factors such as weather, temperature, fever, body size, and activity. Each person needs to drink these amounts of water each day:
Infants & Children up to 8 years - 1 litre per day;
Female 8 years and up – 2 litres per day;
Males 8 years and up – 2.5 litres per day.

Include One-a-Day multi vitamin supplements in your stockpile to assist in provision of adequate nutrition during a prolonged emergency. Supplements can assist in provision of vitamins and minerals during times of food supply interruption.

Shelf Stable Food Lists

[A] Priority food items = Non-perishable foods which may be consumed as is. These foods do not require refrigeration and/or freezing. You will need a handheld can opener.

Meats and Alternatives

  1. Canned meats (ham, corned beef, fish, chicken)
  2. Dehydrated meat (beef jerky)
  3. Peanut butter / nut free peanut butter
  4. Canned or packaged nuts (frozen to extend life)
  5. Canned stews, chili
  6. Canned beans or lentils
Fruits and Vegetables
  1. Canned vegetables
  2. Canned fruit
  3. Fruit leather, dried fruit (raisins, prunes, apricots)
  4. Tetra packs, cans of fruit juice
  5. Apples, oranges
  6. Carrots, cabbage
Grain Products
  1. Granola bars, energy bars
  2. Dry cereals
  3. Crackers (sealed)
Milk and Milk Products
  1. Canned, powdered or UHT milk
  2. Dry cheese curds (vacuum packed)
  1. Processed baby food
  2. Nutritional supplements (Ensure, Boost)
  3. Water
[B] Priority Food Items = These foods need heating/cooking (requires electricity or another way of cooking like a camping stove or BBQ) and sometimes a handheld can opener.

Meats and Alternatives
  • Dehydrated meals
  • Soups – ready to serve or canned
  • Stuffing mixes or other meal add-ins
  • Dried beans and lentils
Fruits and Vegetables
  • Root vegetables – Potatoes, turnips, yams, sweet potatoes, onions
Cereals and Grains
  • Dried pastas, rice, couscous, barley
  • Flour, yeast, salt, sugar, baking powder, baking soda for bread making, quick breads, muffins or cookies
  • Pancake mix
  • Jello
  • Baby pablum
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This information published to the web on April 23, 2010.
Last Reviewed/Revised on April 20, 2012.