Supplies for Seven Days

Food for Seven Days

Emergency Food Supplies

Approximate Needs — Four Adults for Seven Days

Foods in each category should be determined by family preferences.

  • Twenty-eight gallons of water
  • 4 1/2 lb. ready-to-eat cereals (make smart choices)
  • 3 boxes of non-fat dry milk powder (each box making 8 qts. milk)
  • 7 qts. canned 100% juice (varied-orange, pineapple, tomato, V-8)
  • 2 – 16-oz. jars nut butter
  • 4 – 6-oz. cans tuna in water
  • 2 – 16-oz. cans salmon
  • 15 – 16-oz. cans of varied beans (3 black, 3 kidney, 3 garbanzo, 2 reduced fat refried, 4 baked beans
  • 24 oz. canned meat (chicken, beef, corned beef, light SPAM)
  • 10 lbs. canned fruits (1 lb. cans-varied-applesauce, peaches, pears, apricots, pineapple, mixed)
  • 14 lbs. canned vegetables-preferred reduced salt (1 lb. cans-tomatoes (varied), peas, green beans, corn, spinach)
  • 2 – 8-oz. jars jam or jelly
  • 2 loaves bread (preferably whole grain)
  • 3 packages whole wheat or corn tortillas
  • 4 – 10 oz. boxes crackers (varied-some whole grain-Triscuit, graham, etc.)
  • 2 bags rice cakes (family-preferred flavor)
  • 1 small jar mayonnaise (or individual packets of mayonnaise to equal 8 oz.)
  • 2 – 15-oz. cans salsa
  • Small can Parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz. nuts- family choice
  • 1 1/2 lb. raisins or other dried fruit
  • 1 jar cheese spread
  • 6 – 1-lb. cans pudding
  • 16-oz. low fat Italian salad dressing
  • Salt, pepper, mustard, catsup, dried onion and parsley, other seasonings, as desired
  • 12 oz. canola oil
  • Instant coffee (enough to make 56 cups of coffee)
  • Hard candy, sugarless gum, cocoa, sugar

Source: Joyce M. Houston, M.A., R.D., Supervising Public Health Nutritionist, Humboldt County DHHS-Public Health Branch. May 2008.