With food prices going up and up with no end in sight, some of us have already started buying extra food to put away for hard times, and believe me, hard times can come at any time for many reasons, from weather incidents to terrorist (domestic and foreign) attacks. It can be something as simple as losing your income because of being fired, laid off, cut hours, downsizing and such. Wouldn’t it be nice to have one less worry, one less thing competing for your hard earned money? Well if you have a store of food, then you can spend your money on fuel, mortgage or rent, insurance and such instead of worrying about where your next meal will come from or having to choose between buying groceries or paying for other things. Food is expensive, buying in bulk is usually less expensive, but you have to have the money to pay upfront for your bulk purchase. I have learned of a place where you can buy foods in bulk and in #10 cans on the cheap.
I’m talking about LDS canneries. For the most part, you do not need to be a member of this church to participate in this valuable service, I have heard that some canneries will not allow non-members, but I think that is rare, most will allow non-members to participate. I understand that it helps to know a LDS member but it’s not necessary. As you may or may not know, LDS members are encouraged to have at least a year’s worth of food put up for their families, the church organizes to make that possible, their prices are fantastic, they are non-profit. They do not pressure you to join their church, everything I have heard about this has been positive with no pressure. Here are some examples of what they carry and the prices, the prices are subject to change.
You can buy in bulk, or can in #10 cans or put the food in mylar bags, if you can or bag the food, you get an oxygen absorber for each package included in the price. This isn’t junk food, it’s real food, things like wheat, beans, oats, rice, dried fruit, dry milk, powdered juice drink mix and such.
Here are some videos of the process:
You can find locations here: http://www.providentliving.org/location/map/0,12566,2026-1-4,00.html
Here is a link to the most current price lists, understand that prices are subject to change at any time: http://www.providentliving.org/content/display/0,11666,8133-1-4352-1,00.html
Be sure to call first, before going, you will most likely have to set up an appointment, the more people you can get to go with you the better, from what I have seen on the videos, 4-6 people would be optimal, that way different people can be working at each station.
You can also go to this page http://store.lds.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Category3_10705_10551_21158_-1_N_image_0 and order direct through mail, they only carry wheat, rice, pinto beans, oats, a starter kit with everything previously listed, the food comes in #10 cans, 6 to a case (you must order a case) but the prices are so inexpensive that it’s easy to afford a case. They also have free shipping in the USA. Prices and shipping charges are subject to change. From this site, you can also order mylar bags, oxygen absorbers, bag sealers and water filtration. If you don’t live near a cannery or the cannery you are close to doesn’t service non-members, then this is your next best deal.
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