Meals Without Wheels

A recent study funded by the Meals on Wheels organization revealed that 5 million senior Americans, that’s almost 12% of the senior population, face hunger every day. Half of those 5 million are living above the federal poverty line and two thirds of them are younger seniors between the ages of 60 to 65.
These surprising statistics mean that, even if you live in an affluent neighborhood, it’s likely that a senior you know is going hungry, is not getting […]

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Preparing Stored Food 101

Grinding grain and soaking beans for emergency food storage is fun, right?
Not so much. We’ve done it and we’ve learned that on the occasions that we need to use our food insurance it’s because we’ve got better things to do, whether it’s hitting the trail at first light or keeping the household warm, safe and occupied while we wait for the electricity to come back on.
There are two species of Wise freeze dried food: for household use, just empty […]

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Self-Sufficiency through Urban Agriculture?

From Detroit’s famous Urban Gardening projects to New York’s “green roofs”, city and suburban dwellers are using every conceivable sunny spot, no matter how small, to grow edible plants in what seems to be the new national past time, becoming more self-sufficient.
Extreme but admirable examples, like the Dervaes family (founders of Urban Homestead) manage a tiny but fully functional urban farm, complete with animals, just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The family harvests 3 tons of organic food […]

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Easy RV Meals

RVers face some challenges when it comes to food: vast, empty stretches without restaurants, late-night hauls when everyone is sleeping except the hungry driver, cold food, fast food, the frustration of cooking in a tight space and limited storage can all add up to a lot of expense and stress during what should be a relaxing vacation.
Whether your trip is a family vacation or part of a lifestyle, a little planning and strategy can go a long way. Here […]

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Emergency Planning for Pets

If you live with furry friends it’s important to plan for their well being and safety in an emergency, too. Few of us will forget the images of pets struggling for survival in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The lesson was learned hard and fast, and animal welfare in an emergency took a quantum leap forward via legislation, public awareness, emergency services and owner preparedness.
Take some time to prepare for emergency scenarios befitting your geography. Every pet owner should […]

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Vegetarian Nutrition

The number of folks choosing a vegetarian diet is expanding. You can get all the nutrition you need with a smart vegetarian diet; however, the biggest concern for vegetarians is getting enough protein, which can be particularly challenging when relying on emergency food or survival food. Still, it’s not difficult with a little bit of pre-planning.
How much protein do I need?
First, let’s talk about protein. As a general rule, between 10 percent and 15 percent of your total calories […]

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How Much Do I Need to Store?

Trying to figure out how much emergency food you need? We’ve got an easy online food storage calculator to share with you, but you’ll need to think through your food insurance plan a bit first.

How many people over 10 years old will you be feeding?
How many children under 10?
How many servings of freeze dried food per day do you want to plan for? Some families plan for 2 meals per day for reduced costs and storage space and some […]

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Flood Preparation and Safety Tips

Floods cause more damage in the United States than any other weather-related event and can happen anywhere in any of the states or territories in any season. Floods happen fast; winter storms and snowmelts can cause mild to extreme flooding. Here are some tips for staying safe in a flood and getting prepared for a reduction or halt of normal services due to a flood emergency:
Assemble an emergency kit – the Red Cross recommends an emergency kit with these […]

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College Food Alternatives

If you didn’t eat Ramen noodles in college we’re happy for you. Unfortunately, some of us did. Also unfortunately, we’ve learned that Ramen noodles and fast food are still staples of dorm room living. In fact, forty-four percent of college students eat fast food at least once a week, despite growing evidence that it’s a habit we all really need to break.
Still, fast food is cheap, it tastes good, it’s accessible and, well… it’s fast. With these perks, it […]

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Time to Retire the Rice Cakes?

In 2006 a USA Today poll caused a stir when it revealed that the average lunch “hour” was not an hour at all but 42 minutes. In 2008, it was down to 35 minutes. In 2010, it was down to 29 minutes. A recent poll revealed that 76% of workers now say they take no break at all. Many said that lunch takes a backseat to meetings; some said they prefer to “graze” throughout the day instead of interrupting […]

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