The U.S. government is stockpiling huge amounts of food and supplies in anticipation of something bad happening. Most probably officials are expecting a major economic crisis soon that will require large quantities of emergency food.
For a while, we have been hearing about the government storing emergency food. Many different prominent people in the long term storable food industry have revealed they have received huge orders for storable food from various U.S. government agencies. When government representatives were asked why so much food was being ordered, government sources have only said, “you know what is coming”, but did not elaborate further.
It is unclear if this is part of a larger food stockpiling program by the government. Non one could blame the government for storing emergency food. That is something that we all should be doing.
Actually, the government is taking emergency preparedness very seriously these days. For example, you can see video of a high-level NASA official urging NASA employees to develop preparedness plans for their own families.
But what if this is a sign of something bigger?
Early last year, FEMA issued an RFI (Request For Information) that inquired about the availability of 140 million meals of emergency food. Here is the RFI:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) procures and stores pre-packaged commercial meals to support readiness capability for immediate distribution to disaster survivors routinely. The purpose of this Request for Information is to identify sources of supply for meals in support of disaster relief efforts based on a catastrophic disaster event within the New Madrid Fault System for a survivor population of 7M to be utilized for the sustainment of life during a 10-day period of operations. FEMA is considering the following specifications (14M meals per day):
- Serving Size: 12 ounce (entree not to exceed 480 calorie count)
- Maximum calories: 1200 and/or 1165 per meal
- Protein parameters: 29g-37g kit
- Trans Fat: 0
- Saturated Fat: 13 grams (9 calories per gram)
- Total Fat: 47 grams (less than 10% calories)
- Maximum sodium: 800-930 mg
Requested Menus to include snacks (i.e. fruit mix, candy, chocolate/peanut butter squeezers, drink mix, condiments, and utensils). All meals/kits must have 36 months of remaining shelf life upon delivery. Packaging should be environmentally friendly.
What’s interesting is that 7 days after this particular RFI was issued, it was rescinded. However, this doesn’t mean they have stopped buying. It just means they have scrapped this RFI. Multiple reports have shown the Feds are still actively buying up emergency food, both freeze-dried food and dehydrated food.
While contemplating making your own preparations, just ask yourself why the US government would be doing it on such a large scale.