Monday, June 9, 2008
"The teaching of the Church is that we don’t go into debt for anything of this nature.
When the Welfare Services program of the Church was first being established, President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., advised, “Let us avoid debt as we would avoid a plague; where we are now in debt, let us get out of debt; if not today, then tomorrow. Let us straightly and strictly live within our incomes, and save a little.” (Conference Reports, April 1937, p. 26.)
We still adhere to that counsel; and although storage is extremely important, it would not do to violate one principle in order to live another.
Families can live both principles by planning to gather their basic supplies in an orderly and systematic way as means permit. There are many ways besides borrowing to get started on food storage.
As President Kimball has said, “Preparedness, when properly pursued, is a way of life, not a sudden, spectacular program.” (October 1976, Regional Representatives Seminar address.)
“Most Frequently Asked Questions … Food Storage,” Tambuli, Apr 1978, 43
Gathering food storage can be tough on a budget. One of the things that works for me is to set aside $5 of our $40/week grocery allowance for food storage. I buy an extra meal, or whatever may be on sale that week. If canned veggies are 39 cents each that week, I buy $5 of veggies. If peanut butter is on sale, I stock up on peanut butter. I'm not overwhelming myself financially, but I'm still contributing week by week. How do you add to your food storage without breaking the bank?
Topics: Why is food storage important?