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?