Foodstorage letter Jan 2002

This is from Deseret News. Andrea

Author: By Lynn AraveDeseret News staff writer

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a new statement stressing the importance of home storage and of securing a financial reserve.

The statement came in a letter dated Jan. 20, 2002, signed by President Gordon B. Hinckley and his two counselors, and sent worldwide to priesthood leaders, including stake presidents and bishops.

The text of the letter is:

"Priesthood and Relief Society leaders should teach the importance of home storage and securing a financial reserve. These principles may be taught in ward councils or on a fifth Sunday in priesthood and Relief Society meetings.

"Church members can begin their home storage by storing the basic foods that would be required to keep them alive if they did not have anything else to eat.Depending on where members live, those basics might include water, wheat or
other grains, legumes, salt, honey or sugar, powdered milk, and cooking oil. . .

When members have have stored enough of these essentials to meet the needs of their family for one year, they may decide to add other items that they are accustomed to using day to day.
"Some members do not not have the money or space for such storage, and some are prohibited by law from storing a year's supply of food. These members should store as much as their circumstances allow. Families who do not have
the resources to acquire a year's supply can begin their storage by obtaining supplies to last for a few months. Members should be prudent and not panic or go to extremes in this effort. Through careful planning, most church members can,
over time, establish both a financial reserve and a year's supply of essentials."

The letter also lists on its reverse side the suggested amounts of basic foods in home storage, for one person for one year, though they may vary according to location.
For example, it suggests

400 pounds of grain per adult;
60 pounds of legumes: beans, split peas or lentils, etc.;
16 pounds of powered milk;
10 quarts of cooking oil;
60 pounds of sugar or honey; eight pounds of salt;
14 gallons (a two-week supply) of water.