Throughout recorded human history people have always stored food ahead for the lean and hungry times. Our ancestors knew that food was going to be scarce and hard to find during certain seasons, and that there would be times that they might be ill or otherwise unable to find or get food for their families.
There was also natural disasters and bad weather to consider, including droughts that could last months or even years. Not to mention the times the crops failed or there were bad growing seasons. Then too, sometimes the hunters came home empty handed, failing to bring home meat of any kind.
Our ancestors knew these things could and did happen from time to time so, in one way or another they planned for the lean times.
We, who live in the present time, often act as if none of these things could possibly happen to us, and so many of us make absolutely no plans for the lean times. Nowadays we seem to have forgotten the lessons of the past.
The average person living in the United States has about one weeks worth of food in their kitchen. This is very different from the hundreds of generations who came before us and often had several years worth of food stores in their pantries.
It’s not hard to imagine a scenario where a family living in the United States would be wise to put extra food away. A lot of extra food. As much as our ancestors did in fact.
We are as susceptible to natural disasters, and personal disasters as any of the people who lived before us, but we’ve been trained to believe that our government or someone will take care of us in that event.
The recent disasters in the US have shown us the fallacy of believing in this sort of help and handout from the government, especially in the first few weeks. Instead we can expect the grocery store shelves to be completely emptied within 72 hours. If all you have is a measly weeks worth of food in your kitchen, you’re going to get mighty hungry waiting for the grocery store shelves to be restocked.
Even if you never face a natural disaster, you and your family might face a personal or financial disaster. These would range from job loss, to long-term unemployment or underemployment, as well as illness or injury that prevents you from working, while running up huge medical expenses. In any of these scenarios, the money to buy food just might not be there as readily as before, or at all.
For peace of mind and future security food storage is always a wise investment. It’s also something anyone can do, from the single person living in a tiny New York City studio apartment to the family living in the small town in Oregon, and all the cities in between.
Preparation before an emergency situation in the form of several months worth of stored food makes a lot of sense during these precarious times, not just financially but also because the possibility of food shortages always exists.
Having your own food storage means you’ll know that, even if the worst does happen, you’ll be able to eat from the foods in your own pantry for months if need be, just as our ancestors did.