How to Start a Food Pantry from the Ground Up


| 5/29/2017 12:51:00 AM


Tags: food pantry, frugality, bulk food storage, food security, bulk buying, self-reliance, disaster preparedness, California, Tess Pennington,

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One of my favorite childhood memories I have about my grandmother is her pantry. She had a long, closet-like pantry with five stacks of shelves on either side. As a child, it seemed like a tower of food and I was in awe of it. She had access to her own mini grocery store and it is something I adopted in my own home.

For a busy family, a food pantry makes perfect sense. It’s more economical, saves you time running to the store for forgotten items, and will also help in times of disasters.

The overall goal for creating a food pantry is to have a wide array of nutritious foods stored away for when you need it the most. In my book, The Prepper’s Cookbook, I wrote how I firmly believe in each household having a food pantry. The key to a well-stocked pantry is to have lots of nutritious, shelf-stable foods at your disposal. The reason being is foods filled with nutrition will carry you farther than lots of junk foods.

Considerations When Starting a Pantry

Before you begin, it helps immensely if you have a plan or an idea of how you want your food pantry to best serve you. Keep these considerations in mind:




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