Guest Post: Emergency Food Supplies and Young People

Emergency Food Supplies and Young People

by Simon Fowler

There is a lot of talk about storing food for a long period of time, but there is still the question of whether family members, especially younger ones, will actually eat these things. Sure, there is a saying in most languages that you will eat and be thankful for anything when there is no choice, but take a look at the dietary habits of most young people (or older people even) in the western civilizations and you may get the first feeling of slight unease about the matter. My family will happily eat rice and beans as a main meal, but I am not sure how well that will work after the third day. I have never been brave enough to try. Dried beans are great food, but not very exciting, and remember that they have to be soaked in water for some time before cooking, so they are not exactly ideal for a time when you are travelling.


Especially with smaller children it will take some days of hunger before they will happily adapt to a basic diet, and think of the screams and whining you are going to have to listen to in that time. If you are planning to stay where you are and have a large stock of preserved food in the cellar for an emergency, then it is probably mostly things that you eat regularly anyway and the choice will in most cases be less limited, but for those that are planning to travel, whether from necessity or desire, the question of supplying a diet that young people are happy and willing to eat is one that has to be faced. Sure, we can be brutal and say that they will eat anything after a week of starvation, but who is going to do that to their own children, and who can put up with a whole week of whining, screaming and temper tantrums without slaughtering the little darlings?


On a more practical note, extended starvation will greatly reduce their resistance to disease and ability to travel, so you can soon end up having to carry them, which will further reduce your ability to transport appealing food stuffs.


It is not just a question of not wanting your children to suffer, nor am I suggesting that you should pander to their every wish, but a certain practicality is essential in any form of planning, and this is one point where reality will probably win over theory.


Since my children are now big, I do not have to worry about this subject too much, but those of you with children up to the end of puberty should really consider how to deal with this, whether additional food additives are necessary, or different foods should be added, or simply if you will have one day in the week where the foods chosen to be taken with you should be consumed to the exclusion of everything else. Certainly it will be essential to take some form of vitamin and mineral supplements to replace those parts of the planned “balanced and healthy” diet that has been organized and taken, but that not everybody is prepared to eat.

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  1. This article actually gave me a good idea! To ensure proper nutrition but also keep the kids happy & give them something to look forward too, why not consider a “Fun Friday for Food!” You can call it the 4 F’s in a collapse and that day can be yummy junkish stuff that kids are used to eating when times are good!

  2. If you are in a survival situation and need everyone to be as quiet as possible, whining children could be deadly. It’s definitely beneficial to have “quieting” foods for the kids. A two-year is not going to understand that yukky is all there is.

  3. 4 all U Inglish Profezzors out dere, if you can read and understand, then be glad your an American and received a great education. You could be reading it in Japanese or German instead! If you had to get copy out everyday to hundreds of readers, then you probably wouldn’t have time to check spelling and punctuation. Even newspapers run spell checks that don’t catch everything. Regardless, we need every published article we can get to be better prepared. Anne, great contribution and suggestion. Spices and sauces can make all the difference in eating boring or eating 5 star. Just pack accordingly. In order to become more attractive, wear lots of magnets…..

  4. On a more practical note, extended starvation will greatly reduce their resistance to “eating what ever is placed in front of them.” Like pretty much my whole generation.We were not pandered to or treated with PC kid gloves……teach pigs to sing.

  5. Re Rourke and Brad.You both make ec. points.Since our family unit is seniors,adults and preschoolers we have planned a combination of survival food which includes some MREs, freeze dried, dehydrated and many home canned and store bought canned and boxed products (as well as garden
    harvested) so hopefully we will be able to slowly incorporate and mix meals from these foods lots.
    We already enjoy the dried celery from Mt House and Provident pantry and the chili.I was disappointed when I tried the freeze dried banana chips but in a pinch they will do.
    Practice-have one day a month or a weekend when you use these products.
    better still dont tell anyone and just incorporate one product once in awhile.
    Please have plenty of stool softeners and laxatives on hand in case some one really has trouble digesting .
    dried fruits and nuts are great to keep and last a very long time if unopened.
    We used a box of Wheat thin crackers that I had wrapped in a plastic bag in a trash can pre Y2 K.5 years later it tasted like new.
    Its great to share these concerns .Arlene and family
    PSHoney will last indefinitely and so will olive oil if unopened.

  6. To help with children don’t forget to include hard candy and gum balls. If gum balls are vacuum sealed they will last for years.
    The best thing you can do is use freeze dried foods in your daily life. We use the Shelf Reliance/Thrive foods all the time. They are components not meals. We use the Fd onions, celery, bell peppers, tomato powder, corn, green beans, cheese, sour cream, etc. all the time. No wasted food and it is always on hand. Plus it means we are used to it. Additionally, no salt so we don’t have to worry about high blood pressure issues.
    Remember ” Buy what you eat. Eat what you buy”.

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