Posted by on January 16, 2020 1:40 am

Categories: Coal Region Consumer Coronavirus in Pennsylvania Coronavirus in Schuylkill County Local News

We originally wrote this article prior to a big snowstorm that never was. We never really imagined we’d be putting a new intro on to it to deal with the times in which we find ourselves.

The coronavirus pandemic – in particular, how we’re responding to it – demands we become more prepared for literally anything.

So, while buying bread and milk prior to a snowstorm may not be the best idea, if you’re going to the grocery store to stock up on food for an extended period of social distancing, you’re definitely going to need those and other perishable items, too. But, it’s always a good idea to keep other items in your pantry that could help you get through any extended period of time when you’re not able to get to a store regularly.

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The idea here is that we need survival goods. During a big snowstorm, the power could go out. Or the roads could be closed. Right now, in order to help control the spread of an infectious disease, we’re asked to limit our trips to the store to get big orders of food and other essentials.

If that’s the case, we’re going to need some food supplies to get us through a potential long stretch cooped up indoors.

2 Week Food Supply List

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) suggests having a 2 week food supply on hand in case of emergency, like a doozy of a snowstorm (or now, a global pandemic). They say it’s unlikely you’ll need a two week supply of food but here we are …

2 week food supply list

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But a report from shows that 53% of American households don’t even have a 3-day supply of non-perishable foods on hand.

Kidding aside, even if there isn’t a snowstorm forecast to close the roads and schools for days, a week or longer, it’s probably never a bad idea to have this two week food supply on hand.

We’ve created this list to help you prepare. The things you’ve been told to get for years are lies …

  • Canned vegetables (don’t forget potatoes!)
  • Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon, SPAM)
  • Canned beans
  • Jerky or dried meat
  • Trail mix
  • Dried fruit
  • Dried beans
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Spaghetti and other prepared sauces
  • Canned soups and pastas
  • Canned fruit
  • Pickled food
  • Coffee and tea
  • Spring water – a gallon per person per day (That’s a lot of water.)
  • Powdered milk
  • Powdered drink mixes (especially those with at least some nutritional value)
  • Canned nuts
  • Cooking oil
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Pancake mix
  • Peanut butter
  • Pudding cups and JELLO cups
  • Candy bars
  • Energy or breakfast bars
  • Jams and jellies
  • Crackers
  • Salt
  • Hard candy (why not gummies, too?)
  • Honey
  • Pet food

Remember, think of these items in terms of meals. It could be that you can’t afford everything on the list, so if you’re getting picky, be sure to pick things that could double as a meal if things get dicey.

And you may want to consider investing in some form of emergency stove, too. You can get a small camping stove starting at about $20. There’s even an emergency stove that sells for less than $10 plus the cost of fuel tablets

emergency stove

(Photo: Amazon)

Some of these options may not be the healthiest but you’re thinking survival. To that end, don’t turn a snowstorm power outage into a snack food binge. Remember … meals!

Don’t Forget the Vehicle

If you’re a commuter, don’t forget to stow some of these survival foods in your vehicle.

It’s not likely you’ll be stranded on the road for two weeks but any time stranded along a roadway instead of at home can be harrowing. Keep some select items from the list above in a package in your trunk. Make sure the case holding these survival foods can withstand some frigid temperatures.

What’s Missing?

Did we miss anything? Tell us what you’d include in a 2 week food supply list in the Comment section.



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2 responses to Our 2 Week Food Supply List is More Essential Than Ever

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    […] Our 2 Week Food Supply List is More Essential Than Ever […]


    • kirsty Sabel July 8th, 2020 at 6:40 pm

      I would like a 2 week food supply please


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  3. Andrea September 5th, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Be sure to fill up your vehicle with gasoline as soon as you feel that you may need to evacuate your home. By the time you actually hear a mandatory evacuation warning, gas station may not have any gas left.
    Don’t forget to pack your emergency food/drink supply, pets, cash (ATMs may not be working), important documents and photos with you as well.


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