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Emergency Food Supply

I was recently in Costco and saw the stacks of these 5 gallon Emergency Food Supply buckets that claim to be a 3-month food supply for one person! Imagine, $109.99 for 3 months worth of food, in one bucket, and weighing in at 25 pounds. Where was this when Y2k was coming?

Von and I talked about buying some of these, they would be great for an emergency at home or on the road.

Each bucket contains 55 separate packets, consisting of 10 different items; (5) Ala King, (6) Potato/Bakon Soup, (5) Sweet Corn Chowder, (5) Western Stew, (5) Rice/Lentil Soup, (5) Barley Vegetable Soup, (5) Cacciatore, (5) Country Noodle Soup, (5) Blueberry Pancakes, (9) Whey Milk. Each packet is stated to make 5 separate servings, with a stated yield of 275 servings per bucket. The directions are to choose 3 servings from any of the various packets per day.

While pulling together the information about these food buckets, I ran across a lawsuit that has been filed against Costco by Richard Pope for fraud and miss representation in selling these buckets. Pope did the math and figured out that the average serving provides less than 500 calories per day.

The USDA recommends a minimum of 2,000 calories per day. 500 calories will not cut it! To make his point he shows that the concentration camp victims were fed almost 1300-1700 calories per day. How long on this diet before you start looking a little ragged?

The summons was filled in June of 2006. I have not been able to find out if anything has happened. Costco is still selling the buckets. Hmmm… Maybe 1 bucket would last a month?

  19 Responses to “3 Month Emergency Food Supply @ Costco”

  1. Ben Casbon and I did the math for a nutrition class at CBC, and back then we were eating around 700 calories a day. I could imagine living off of 500.

  2. I know how skinny you are.

  3. What I would wonder is what is the shelf life of the bucket? Do you have to buy a new one every few months and just throw the old one out? That’d get kind of expensive!

    By the way, that’s crazy Geoff! I took that class and was consuming like 2700 calories a day. I wonder if you were doing the math right. ;-)

  4. The stuff is advertised as having a shelf life of 20 years!

    Imagine spending $110 and having all your food purchased for 3 months. Less than $500 for a year’s worth of groceries.

    Of course 45 of the 275 servings are just an 8 oz glass of whey milk.

    I think someone should make a YouTube diary of living off one of these buckets! Kind of like the Monkey Chow Diaries

  5. Do it, Gary! Do it! The Y2K Chow Diaries!

    I dare you!

    I double dog dare you!

  6. Has to be someone young, with nothing to loose…

    Hey, Geoff…

  7. Sure. As long as coffee is on the rations list.

  8. I just bought one of these buckets clearanced at Costco for $30. I think it’s better than nothing. As far as calorie intake goes, does anyone know how much you actually need to survive each day. That’s what were talking about survival not your normal day to day routine. You may be weeker and thinner, but will you be alive on 500 calories a day. I’ve read that your body can go several days without any food, but water is a necessity.

  9. On clearance? Hmmm. Might have to go down to Costco and check it out. I think that if you used one of these for 1 month’s food supply — or even a week during an emergency — then you would be fine. Just don’t buy 4 and plan on it being sufficient for a year.

  10. Maybe I should get one. It sounds like it is the only diet that would work (at least without costing a fortune).

    PastorDIC – who is a Christian, but looks more like Buddha.

  11. can you tell me what state and city are you in that the buckets for 30.00. I want to get some:)

  12. who actually counts the calories they eat a day? because most people don’t.. i think that this is a good idea and an easy way of eating on the go. but it could get quite expensive if there 109.99 just for 3 months!

  13. Christopher Evans: “but it could get quite expensive if there 109.99 just for 3 months”

    Really? I’d love to see your food budget, and what you live on. As a single guy, I could probably make it on $100 month, but I eat very well.

    $110 would probably carry me through 3 months in survival mode (beans, rice, eat the neighbor’s pets), but I’m ex military, so I’m used to roughing it a bit.

  14. I FOUND THE BUCKETS AT THE KONA COSTCO JUST LAST YEAR…’09. IT SOUNDS AS THOUGH RICHARD POPE IS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO LOVES TO YANK PEOPLE AROUND WITH HIS ‘WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE’. I AGREE THAT UNDER OPTIMAL CONDITIONS 2000 CALORIES IS, SHALL WE SAY … MORE THAN SUFFICIENT. WHEN IN SURVIVAL MODE … NOTHING IS OPTIMAL(WELL, EXCEPT FEAR!). 1200 CALORIES (MINIMUM) IS ENOUGH TO GET YOU THRU WITHOUT DOING DAMAGE TO YOUR BODY FROM LONG TERM ‘DEPRIVATION’. THIS IS WHAT THIS KIT IS ALL ABOUT…SURVIVAL. IVE GOT TWO OF THEM STORED ALONG WITH 2CS OF TUNA AND 2CS OF GREEN BEANS. AND THE TWO MANGY DOGS THAT BELONG TO THE NEIGHBOR? NOT AN OPTION! BANANAS, MANGOS, AVOCADOS AND MAC NUTS GROWN ON THE PROPERTY ADD TO THE ‘NEW DIET’. ‘BETTER TO HAVE IT AND NOT NEED IT…THAN TO NEED IT AND NOT HAVE IT.’ THE DUDE.

  15. Funny that they call it “Food For Health” when it is not even sufficient to keep you alive over time. The serving sizes are far too small to support even a sedentary existence. If I remember correctly, the calorie count per day was about 500. There was even a lawsuit over this item or one nearly identical to it filed against Costco [L=here.]http://soundpolitics.com/PopeCostcoLawsuit.pdf[/L]

  16. you people are retarded when was the last time you needed a 3 month supply of food. I know it says 3 month supply but in reality during a hurricane or earthquake what are you without supplies for a day or at most a week? This is more than sufficient. If something happens where you need a 3 month supply I’m thinking your gonna have more pressing issues than a 500 calorie diet in a bucket you bought a costco. This is a good product to keep you going if you dont have electricity for a few days in a hurricane, and the price is reasonable. Take it for what its worth.

  17. There may come a time when there is a shortage of food or when food supplies are limited because of natural disasters. Never hurts to be prepared, and it sounds like the cost of being prepared isn’t too bad either.

  18. I had to post because something came up where I needed to rely on this food. My advise, spend your money somewhere else. It’s some of the worst food I’ve ever tasted. I was exact in following the instructions and it mostly turned out grayish in color, either too watery or too gooey, and extremly gross tasting. I would rather eat ramen noodles for the next three months than eat that ever again. I tried adding herbs and spices to make it taste better, but nothing can fix that flavor. My recommendation, spend a little more for freeze dried hiking food or MRE if you need something doesn’t take up space and can be on hand for emergencies.

  19. “…taste…” FTW?

    You are faced with dying of starvation because a disaster has crippled the supply chain and you complain of taste? You would be the FIRST person to be chopped up to flavor the next meal.

    Why do any of you think you need more than 500kcal when you won’t be going anywhere or doing ANYTHING, but maybe picking up scraps of debris?

    Further, have you considered the waste one human body produces? Collect it in buckets for a week… now, imagine finding space for a month of your waste so that it doesn’t create disease that will kill you before you dehydrate or starve to death.

    Survival means “sustaining a heartbeat,” not “camping.”

    For a fictional glimpse of survival, read this FICTION book by Robert Merle (sp?) entitled, “Malevil” – post-apocalyptic survival of in rural France. The introduction is dry, but the read is breathtaking.

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