52 weeks of Food Storage

Have you wanted to build your food storage up but don’t know where to start? Here is a great list of options to buy each week. The point is to just start somewhere. Just add a little to your grocery list each week and you’ll slowly build up a supply for your family. This list is not the best, but it does have some great options. Adapt this list to weekly grocery sales, your families likes & needs, etc. Just start somewhere. Happy food storage building!
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Week 1: Two cans tuna fish, 1 box salt
Week 2: 5 boxes of Macaroni and Cheese, 4 cans tomato soup
Week 3: 3 cans mushroom soup, 1 2.5 lb peanut butter
Week 4: 1 bottle vitamins
Week 5: 4 cans tomato soup, 1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 6: 1 bottle aspirin (500 tablets)
Week 7: 1 100 lb container wheat
Week 8: 1 5 lb powdered milk
Week 9: 1 5 lb honey
Week 10: 4 cans tuna, 4 boxes macaroni and cheese
Week 11: 1 10 lb sugar, 1 box salt
Week 12: 4 cans mushroom soup
Week 13: 1 bottle vitamins
Week 14: 1 10 lb. potato flakes
Week 15: 1 box macaroni and cheese
Week 16: 1 5 lb honey
Week 17: 2 cans tuna, 4 can tomato soup
Week 18: 1 10 lbs sugar
Week 19: 1 25 lbs rice
Week 20: 2 10 lbs of sugar
Week 21: 10 lb powdered milk
Week 22: 1 can mushroom soup, 1 10 lb sugar
Week 23: 1 can tuna, 4 cans tomato soup, 1 10 lbs sugar
Week 24: 1 10 lbs sugar
Week 25: 2 cans tuna, 2 cans mushroom soup
Week 26: 1 50 lb wheat
Week 27: 3 10 lbs sugar
Week 28: 1 10 lb sugar
Week 29: 1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 30: 2 10 lb sugar
Week 31: 1 can tuna, 3 cans mushroom soup
Week 32: 1 can tuna, 4 cans tomato soup
Week 33: 1 25 lb wheat
Week 34: 2 cans tuna, 1 box salt
Week 35: 1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 36: 2 10 lb sugar
Week 37: 4 cans tomato soup, 2 boxes salt
Week 38: 1 25 lb wheat
Week 39: 3 cans canned chicken
Week 40: 1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 41: 3 10 lb sugar
Week 42: 2 cans tomato soup, 1 10 lb sugar
Week 43: 2 cans tomato soup, 2 cans mushroom soup
Week 44: 1 25 lbs rice
Week 45: 1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 46: 4 cans tomato soup, 4 cans mushroom soup
Week 47: 1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 48: 4 cans mushroom soup, 1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 49: 7 cans of tomato soup
Week 50: 7 cans of mushroom soup
Week 51: 2 10 lbs sugar, 1 box salt
Week 52: 1 5 lb honey

26 Responses to 52 weeks of Food Storage

  1. Naomi 07/01/2011 at 4:59 am #

    Thanks for sharing this!! I tend to want to buy EVERYTHING all at once, which I know logically isn’t do-able!!! This is a wonderful breakdown and definitely doesn’t look overwhelming!!! =)

  2. Emily 07/01/2011 at 7:57 am #

    Thanks for the link Nat! I am glad you posted this list! I need to work on it! ūüôā

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  4. Jacqueline 08/24/2011 at 1:36 pm #

    Great idea to break it down into 52 weeks. I need to go through mine right now and discard quite a bit. I love that Pres. Hinckley said that we all would throw some away and that is ok! Makes me not feel so badly.

  5. Anonymous 09/12/2011 at 7:42 pm #

    What’s with all the sugar?? 180 lb. of SUGAR? Really??

  6. Ellen 10/01/2011 at 5:50 am #

    Where do you buy the 25 & 50 lb bags? Costco or Sam’s Club? And what about the 100 lb container of wheat? I’m assuming this is not wheat flour, but something that needs to be ground as needed.

    • Anonymous 02/02/2012 at 3:45 pm #

      Winco and Walmart have 25lbs bags of flour/rice/sugar.

  7. Sharon 10/05/2011 at 9:22 am #

    If you have a good resource for raw honey, please share!

    • Anonymous 10/29/2012 at 7:20 pm #

      Honey should always be bought locally, whenever possible.

  8. Anonymous 10/05/2011 at 1:04 pm #

    you can get good local raw honey at whole foods.

  9. Shay S. 10/11/2011 at 10:55 am #

    How do I cook w/ wheat that is not flour? I would like to have links to recipes for using this stuff.

    • Anonymous 02/02/2012 at 3:41 pm #

      Buy a wheat grinder. Grind it into flour.

  10. Natalie 11/03/2011 at 12:02 pm #

    i’d like to see what you can make with these… especially cause we don’t like to eat plain tomato soup.

    • Carrie G. 09/25/2021 at 1:46 pm #

      Buy extra of what you already eat that can go in the pantry. If you want your family to have something in an emergency and it doesn’t have a long shelf life and needs to be rotated, then start slowly finding ways to incorporate it into your current meals or new meals that your family likes.

  11. Anonymous 12/02/2011 at 12:32 pm #

    Wonderful list. How do you handle expiry dates? Milk powder and flour go rancid. Drugs go off code.

    • Anonymous 04/21/2012 at 11:02 pm #

      cycle your storage items.

  12. Christine 01/13/2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Great list but how many people is this for? 1, a family of 4, or more?

  13. Anonymous 02/27/2012 at 12:10 pm #

    Try this link for your extra hard to find stuff like wheat. BePrepared.com/store

  14. Anonymous 08/09/2012 at 7:42 pm #

    Hello, I would love to know where you got the cute jars with handled lids? Also, thanks so much for breaking down an overwhelming project. You’ve done an awesome job.

    • Anonymous 10/09/2012 at 10:32 am #


  15. Jeanie Turner Greathouse 01/31/2013 at 8:08 am #

    I haven’t gotten into the regular pantry items yet, but each year beginning in September, I add holiday food items to my weekly shopping list. That way,from the middle of November to the end of the year, I don’t suddenly have a $300 bill trying to do buying for the holiday cooking. Also, I notice that the prices on “holiday” type groceries go up during the holidays. Your ideas are great!!!

  16. Eq4bits 02/21/2014 at 9:12 am #

    Love the containers in your picture! I have these as well; got them at Ikea.

  17. Debbie 10/06/2014 at 11:30 am #

    I would like to know what the difference is between hard wheat soft wheat etc?Besides he obvious

  18. Ninah 01/23/2015 at 9:40 pm #

    Quinoa is healthier than rice or Mac and cheese and it stores better. Instead of the mushroom soup I dehydrate mushrooms and found a recipe online for making mushroom soup with powdered milk. There are lots of recipes for dry soups that easier to store. Our favorite is the potato soup. Also it’s good to sprout wheat, beans, and mung beans. Easy to eat when you can’t cook and very healthy. I keep koumbacha brewing, water kefir and milk kefir.

    • Crystal Hill 01/07/2016 at 8:12 am #

      Ok. I’m new to all this… What is koumbacha & kefir? I’ll google it in a minute but you seem to be very know this stuff.


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