Our Hurricane Food Supply Shopping List

 

Foods to Choose/Things to think about:

 

       Shelf-stable foods (non-perishable foods that dont need cooking or refrigeration) that are easily prepared.

       Foods that appeal to family members.

       Foods that are calorie- and protein-rich to help maintain energy and strength.

       Foods needed to meet special dietary needs (such as for babies & toddlers, the elderly, diabetics and sick people).

       Single serving (snack-sized canned goods) or one-meal canned foods to avoid leftovers.

       Instant meals/soup mixes/powdered foods/freeze-dried foods will need water for reconstituting.

       Foods packaged in cans or solid plastic containers will be more secure.  For foods packaged in lightweight plastic or paper, place them inside heavy zipper-lock plastic bags.

       Avoid a lot of salty foods that will make you thirsty (dried foods like jerky, chips, crackers, etc.).

       Avoid glass jars/bottled foods that are heavy/bulky/breakable.

 

v      A minimum 3-day supply of food and water is recommended.

 

DAIRY GROUP

        Canned milk

        Shelf-stable boxes of milk

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BREAD AND CEREAL GROUP

        Granola bars/compressed food bars

        Crackers/snack crackers packs

        Dry, ready-to-eat cereals

        Instant oatmeal (requires safe water to reconstitute)

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FRUIT GROUP

        Dried fruits

        Trail mixes (blends of granola, nuts, seeds, dried fruits)

        Canned fruits

        Canned juices

        Shelf-stable boxes of juices

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PROTEIN GROUP

        Peanut butter/jelly

        Nuts

        Canned beans/chili

        Canned fish, chicken, meats

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VEGETABLE GROUP

        Canned vegetables

        Canned soups

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DRINKING WATER

        1 gallon per person per day (3 days minimum supply per person for drinking, food preparation, basic hygiene)

 

My family will need _________ gallons of water for a 3-day supply (3 days x 1 gallon per person x # of family members = safe drinking water needed)

        Water for pets

 

PET NEEDS

        Pet food and treats (comfort foods) / pet medications

 

OTHER FOOD ITEMS

        Medications/vitamins

        Staples like sugar, salt, and pepper

        Comfort/Stress Foods like hard candy, cookies

        Instant coffee, tea bags, cocoa

        Soda

        Special dietary foods (like ready-to-eat baby formula)

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NON-FOOD ITEMS

        Manual can opener

        Scissors for plastic and foil packages

        Plastic utensils

        Disposable plates, bowls, cups

        Plastic zipper-lock bags (various sizes)

        Paper towels, napkins

        Toilet paper

        Sanitary hand wipes

        Alcohol-based hand sanitizer

        Garbage bags

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FOR POST-HURRICANE CLEAN-UP

        Newly purchased, unscented liquid household bleach (5.25% sodium hypochlorite)

        Rubber gloves

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Distributed by (Betsy) Mary E. Crisp, Family & consumer Sciences

 

Credit to Collier county Extension, Jan Bennett, Extension Educator