Food Storage Frequently Asked Questions
We encourage all BYU students to follow the counsel given by the First Presidency:
We encourage Church members worldwide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings. We ask that you be wise as you store food and water and build your savings. Do not go to extremes; it is not prudent, for example, to go into debt to establish your food storage all at once.
With careful planning, you can, over time, establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve. We realize that some of you may not have financial resources or space for such storage. We encourage you to store as much as circumstances allow.
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Toggle ItemIn the event of an emergency, will BYU provide food to students?
BYU has plans to assist students who rely on a contracted meal plan as well as those in the MTC. Priority will be given to residents of the MTC and selected BYU Housing units that are without a kitchen. Students living off-campus should plan to develop their own food storage supply.
Toggle ItemWhat if I rely on a BYU meal plan?
In the event of an emergency, BYU will provide meals to those who have contracted meal plans with BYU. Depending on the circumstances and nature of the emergency, it may be necessary for BYU to modify the meals it provides. Priority will be given to residents of the MTC and selected BYU Housing units that are without a kitchen.
Toggle ItemWhat should college students focus on when building their food storage supply?
Students should consider their individual circumstances when building food storage. Start small and consider storing foods that are used most often or favorite foods. Nonperishable foods and a supply of water is a good place to start.
For more information, visit https://www.ready.gov/food
Toggle ItemWhat if my apartment doesn't have much space?
Individual food storage supplies will look different depending on individual circumstances. Budget and space should both be considered when planning for food storage supplies. Food storage doesn’t need to be separate from day-to-day groceries.
Toggle ItemWhy do I need food storage?
Members of the Church have been counseled for many years to be prepared for adversity. In the event of a disaster, emergency, or personal hardship, having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings will allow us to care for ourselves.