Emergency Food Supply Calculator

Food Storage Guide by Wallaby Goods

Calculate 2 weeks, 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 6 months, or 1-year food supply for your household with our food storage calculator!

Use it to understand the absolute minimum food storage required to feed everyone in your family and plan accordingly.

It includes recommended storage amounts for items like grains, canned or dried meats, fats and oils, beans, milk and dairy, sugars, fruits, vegetables, water, and other pantry essentials. Our calculator is based on estimates from trusted sources like the CDC and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Home Production and Storage manual. These figures are minimum suggestions and may be increased to fit the needs of individuals and families. You will ultimately choose the best options and resources you should store for your family - but we hope this guidance is helpful in your planning.

Emergency Food Supply Calculator

Emergency Food Supply Calculator


Wheat, Flour, Corn Meal, Oats, Rice, Pasta, and Total Grains

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Canned or Dried Meats

Bacon, Beef, Beef Jerky, Spam, Chicken, Fish (Tuna Fish, etc), Ham, Hamburger, Lamb, Lunch Meat, Mutton, Pepperoni, Pork, Turkey, and more. Canned, dehydrated, and freeze-dried meats are great for long term food storage. *Freeze-dried and dehydrated meats weigh less. (conversion: 1 lb/kg meat = 1/3 lb/kg Freeze-dried meat)

0 Lbs Total Canned or Dried Meats

Fats and Oils

Shortening, Vegetable Oil, Peanut Butter, Salad Dressing, Mayo, and Total Fats and Oils

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0 qts of Mayonaise
0 Lbs of Peanut Butter
0 gallon of Vegetable Oil
(1 gallon = 8 lbs)
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Beans and Legumes

Dried Beans, Soy Beans, Lima Beans, Split Peas, Lentils, Dry Soup Mix, and Total Legumes

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Milk and Dairy

Powdered Milk, Evaporated Milk, Other Dairy, Total Dairy

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0 cans of Cans of Evaporated Milk
0 Lbs of Extra/Other Dairy
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Sugar, Brown Sugar, Honey, Corn Syrup, Jams, Powdered Dring Mixs, Molasses, Flavored Gelatin, Total Sugars

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0 Lbs of Jello Mix
0 Lbs of Powdered Juice mix
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Cooking Essentials

Salt, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Yeast, Jams, and Vinegar

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0 Lbs of Baking Powder
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Fruits and Vegetables

The best shelf-stable fruits and vegetables include freeze-dried, canned, dehydrated, and frozen.

0 qts of Total Canned Fruits and Vegetables
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Water Storage

It may not be practical for your family to store enough water for one full year for each family member so good water purification devices and methods are strongly advised. The below water storage estimate is for minimum drinking water only not enough for cooking, rehydrating foods, cleaning, and bathing. Additionally, the CDC recommends only using between 8 and 16 drops of bleach per gallon of water for sanitation.

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According to Healthline, the average woman needs to eat about 2,000 calories per day to maintain her weight. Meanwhile, the average man needs 2,500 calories to maintain his weight. Other factors to consider include age, height, current weight, activity levels, metabolic health, and others. The below calculator will provide enough calories to maintain most people’s weight.When building your long-term food storage it's important to stock up on foods with a long shelf life (for example flour, rice, sugar, and freeze-dried foods) and learn to preserve your foods using different methods because variety will enhance your food storage and provide you with more options in the chance of crisis or emergency. Food preservation methods include:

  • Storing in Mylar
  • Freeze Drying
  • Dehydrating
  • Canning
  • Freezing

Long Term Food Storage Tips

  • Store canned goods in a dry, cool place, about 40-60°F to prevent spoiling (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
  • Keep food protected from insects and rodents by storing in airtight containers (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
  • Do not consume canned goods that have become swollen, dented, or corroded (American Red Cross).
  • In case of a power outage, eat foods in the refrigerator first, then from the freezer, then from storage. In a well-insulated freezer, foods are usually good for 2 days if there are still ice crystals in the center of the food. Keep the fridge and freezer doors closed as much as possible (FEMA).
  • Consider investing in a generator that can power your freezer and refrigerator to keep those foods from going bad.
  • Make sure the fridge stays under 40° F. If the fridge is unopened, food will stay cool for about 4 hours (Seltzer).
  • Food storage how-to guides (National Center for Home Food Preservation).
  • Longer-Term Food Storage Tips form The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Visit our blog for more food storage tips!
Food Storage Food Per Person Per Month Food Per Person Per Year
Grains (Wheat, Rice, Flour, etc.) 32.5 lbs 390 lbs
Canned or Dried Meats (Freeze Dried, Beef, Jerky, Spam, fish, chicken, etc.) 1.6 lbs 20 lbs
Fats and Oils (Vegetable Oil, PEanut Butter, Shortening, etc..) 2 lbs 25 lbs
Beans (Dried Beans, Soy Beans, Split Peas, Dry Soup Mix,etc.) 5.8 lbs 70 lbs
Milk and Dairy (Powdered Milk, extra Dairy) add about 2 cans of evaporated Milk per month to the est. lbs 7.25 lbs 87 lbs
Sugars (Sugar, Brown sugar, Honey, Powdered Drink Mixes, etc.) 5 lbs 60 lbs
Cooking Essentials (Salt, Baking Powder, Yeast, Vinegar, Jams, etc.) .7 lbs 8 lbs
Fruits & Vegetables (Dried) 8 lbs 90 lbs
Fruits & Vegetables (Canned) 27 qts 320 qts
Water Storage (Drinking Water Only) 16 Gallons 183 Gallons

*This is an estimated monthly food storage for 1 person and is a minimum recommendation. For convenience, the results have been rounded to the nearest 10th. For greater customization to meet your specific needs see our Food Storage Calculator above!