4 Items You Definitely Need in Your Long-Term Food Supply

Most families have an emergency plan and an emergency kit full of essentials like a flashlight, a radio, and a first aid kit, but what many don’t have is a reliable long-term food supply. Having a long-term food supply is a huge part of emergency preparedness, but it’s one that many tend to overlook.

The truth is, we can’t always rely on our pantry or local grocery stores during times of duress. A long-term food supply ensures you and your family have access to healthy, safe, and nutritious meals at all times.

Want to start your own food supply, but aren’t sure where to start? NuManna has compiled a list of staples that every family should have on hand. Here are four items you definitely need in your long-term food supply.


Powdered milk may not seem like an odd choice to have on this list. But milk is a fantastic source of calcium, protein, and other nutrients and is also a common ingredient in many meals. The versatility of milk is what makes it a must-have for every long-term food supply. You can stir it into your coffee to mask the bitterness, use it to whip up a delicious platter of pancakes, or mix it with oats, salt, and sugar to make an oatmeal mix.

Fruits & Vegetables

Two other items you definitely need in your long-term food supply are vital parts of every diet—fruits and vegetables. Full of nutrients and healthy antioxidants, they’ll keep you strong, healthy, and full of energy.

Green beans, peas, corn, and tomatoes are good choices for vegetables. These veggies are easy to store, and you can usually find cans of them at the grocery store. For fruit, you’ll want to get a mix of canned fruits and dried fruits. Dried fruits are especially good to have because you can eat them as a snack or use them to enhance full meals. Sprinkle them on top of oatmeal, pancakes, and other foods as a sweet treat.


Not everyone eats meat, but for those who do, it’s an essential source of protein that keeps the mind and body strong in times of duress. Fresh meat only lasts a few days in the fridge, but canned and freeze-dried meat both have a hearty shelf life. You’ll enjoy a lot of options when it comes to meat for your supply, but chicken, beef, and salmon are good choices to start with.

For vegans, vegetarians, and other people who don’t eat meat, we recommend stocking up on beans, another great source of protein, instead.

Adding meat to your long-term food supply is easy with NuManna’s freeze-dried meat buckets. Our freeze-dried chicken and beef are delicious and nutritious, and they last for years! Shop with us today to snag some food for your long-term supply.

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