Mormon Canneries and Self-Reliance

At the Houston Texas Cannery operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, members work on a peanut butter assembly line.

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are taught to prepare for emergencies by having a one-year food storage as well as an immediate two-week supply of food, water, and money. Stocking up on food storage is just one of the many ways that we can prepare for the troubled times in which we now live.

If you don’t have any food storage yet, you can get it done at the cannery. You volunteer your time and labor (along with others), and only pay for the cost of the food itself. This is for stuff that you would need in bulk, such as grains, beans, et cetera. The other part of your food storage should come from the grocery store for items that you use on a regular basis, such as canned goods, and should be rotated every six months or so. A good way to start is tithing your food budget.

By using 10 percent of your food budget for food storage, you will be able to grow your supply easily and without much struggle. For example, when you go grocery shopping with a budget of $100, spend the first $10 on food storage items (specifically things that you need and that are on sale), then the remaining $90 on your regular groceries on your list. You will be amazed at quickly you are able to build up your food storage this way.