Low cost long term storage foods from Latter Day Saints/Mormon food storage centers

Since 2014 I have been buying long-term storage food in #10 cans from a local Latter Day Saints Food Storage Center.  (Nearly all the food is good for 30 years when stored properly.  Only a few items have a lower shelf life:  flour and carrots, 10 year shelf life; powdered milk, 20 year shelf life.)  There are about 100 locations nationwide. You do not have to be a member of the Mormon church to purchase–everyone is graciously welcomed to purchase long term food at a greatly reduced cost.   These goods may also be purchased online with about $5-$10 per case shipping if you do not have a Food Storage Center in your area.   This link has prices effective 1/1/2023 for both local Centers and online ordering. The prices are for a CASE of 6 each #10 cans.  

Home Storage Center Prices and Locations

This is a superb opportunity to purchase long term food (generally 30 years), in #10 cans.    Today I went to purchase non-fat milk in pouches (currently only available in Centers, not online).   The cost was roughly half to a quarter of most survival food companies prices for the same quantity. 

I am not a member of the LDS church, however, I have always been welcomed by the volunteers who staff the Centers and the only thing they ask is that you tell others about the opportunity to be self-reliant with food storage.   These Centers do not make a profit, and are run by volunteers. 

If you already have experience with purchasing food from an LDS Food Storage Center; chime in!   If you have any questions, ask me and I’ll get back to you on this thread.   Bon Appetit


  • Comments (5)

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      Have you tried the apple slices? Soft enough to eat dry as a snack? Or do they need to be rehydrated?

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        @Eric – the only problem with the dried apple slices in #10 cans good for 30 yr storage is that when you open one to “try it”, you end up eating the whole can in a week.  They are crispy and delicious straight out of the can, just like “All Natural Fruit Crisps”, and rehydrate well for a pie.   (The pie was gone in far less than a week.)   It takes real discipline not to make an excuse to open that huge can of snacks, but since it is a huge can, the crispiness will dissipate once opened if you don’t chow down the whole can right away.   Darn–you’ll have to make pies.

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      I have had very positive experiences stocking my pantry with these items. As you mention, they are very cost-effective. If possible I recommend going to one of the centers vs. having items shipped, as on occasion I have received several items dented (I’m pretty sure it was the delivery person’s fault, tossing them on the porch).  I do wish they had more variety sometimes – a person can only eat so many apples – but it’s a great way to build up on staples and as you mentioned, I have told all of my friends about this option, many of whom have also ordered. Items are often sold out but if you check back regularly you can catch them when stuff is restocked.  

      Incidentally it would be a nice, and inexpensive, housewarming gift idea to give someone a stash of this food.  Good way to get them started on prepping. 

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      I have bought a bunch of items from the one closest to me. Great product and a very fair price. My only (non) issue is that they are limited with their quantity of products. I also highly suggest the CLDS for supplies.

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      I’ve been buying the LDS #10 can cases for a few years now and I agree, the prices can’t be beat by other suppliers. Prices have fluctuated since the beginning of the pandemic, but even so, the prices are still excellent. You will only find the most basic items for purchase but the quality is very good.