As you stockpile food in case of supply chain problems, remember that if you or your family won't eat it, it's not a great thing to stockpile.
All the freeze-dried, nitrogen packed food in the world won't do you any good if it's not something you're willing to eat.
Sure, if you get hungry enough you'll eat it. "Hunger is the best seasoning." But imagine trying to feed a picky eater stuff she doesn't want to eat. Do you need that added stress in an already stressful situation?
Before trouble hits, taste test what you plan to stockpile. And get foods you normally eat, which will store long-term, to have on hand. Most canned foods, if kept cool-ish, will last for years past their "best by" date. Dried stuff will last for years if you keep it dry and keep pests out of it.
I would suggest you learn to garden and stockpile seeds. Make sure the seeds you stockpile will also produce seeds that are true to what you planted. Not all do in this hybridized world. Heirloom seeds can prevent this, but you can also experiment as you go, saving seeds from this year's crop for next year. Save the seeds that work, change what you plant if it doesn't.
Learn what edible plants grow naturally in your area, and notice what wildlife might be hunted nearby in an emergency situation. In a bad enough situation, you won't be worrying about game laws, but will do what you need to.
You may need to find creative ways to stockpile food. Be sure to rotate cans as you use them-- use older stuff first.
I have an old entertainment center made for an old-style TV. It is really deep, tall, and fairly wide. Bought at a second-hand thrift store. I put more shelves where the TV went. I filled the drawers with spices and other stuff. It makes a great second pantry, holding almost as much as the main pantry in the kitchen.
I also store canned food in my cellar-- which gets too warm in summer to be an ideal place, but I'm working on fixing that issue.
You might also use boxes under beds or other furniture. Don't forget to rotate your supplies!
Stockpiling food also helps if you lose your job, have an unexpected expense, or are cooking something and realize you're missing an ingredient and the stores are closed for the night. Just remember to restock whatever you use at your first opportunity!
If you go hungry in a SHTF situation it's because you didn't plan well today. Don't let this happen!
If you focus only on guns and ammo, you are not prepared. If you focus only on stockpiling food, you are not prepared. If your focus is too narrow on anything, you are not prepared.
Prepping means you are trying to be ready for whatever comes. You don't know if it will be a xombie apocalypse or just a supply chain collapse. You have to be ready for either one-- and both at the same time. You have to be ready for a failure of anything you need for survival, without regard to "why"-- just that it is happening.
You can't foresee everything that might cause there to be no food available to buy, but you can do things to make sure you'll be OK. You can't predict what might cause hordes of predatory creatures to swarm your property, but you can be ready to defend against them, whoever and whyever they are there. You can't know for sure why there's no electricity in the grid, but you can make sure it's not a problem for you.
Prepping is the responsible thing to do. If you are prepared you ...
You don't have to outrun the bear; you only have to outrun your hiking companion.
Yeah, that's a cynical way to look at it, but there's truth in it.
With prepping (in the event of TEOTWAWKI), you may not have to survive on your preps until you are 90 years old, just outlast those who didn't prep. Once they die off, survival may get easier.
I know-- it would be great if you were able to keep everyone alive into the distant future. But that's just not going to be possible, is it?
Once the marauders and beggars have Darwinized themselves out of the population, it will be easier to grow your own food. You'll only have to worry about deer and raccoons, not Naked Apes (which is a really good book by Desmond Morris, by the way).
So, while it would be nice to have preps to last until you die of old age, and be self-sufficiently growing your own food, making your own soap and cloth (or buckskin), realistically, at least have enough to outlast those who would be the biggest threat to your ...
I've been doing something non-prepping this past week. Maybe even anti-prepping, as in it may be a step backward.
I rescued a kitten who found me along my morning walk. He was about 5 weeks old, sick and starving, and was barely able to come toward me. I couldn't ignore his cries for help.
So I've been spending money I don't have to spare-- and just about all my spare time and energy-- bringing him back.
And it's working.
He's still got a respiratory infection and eye infections, but I've got him on antibiotics and he's improving. He's eating and playing really well. No longer is he skin and bones; I can pet him without feeling every vertebra and rib.
Sometimes you've got to do the right thing even if it's not smart.
If anyone wants to chip in for kitten medicines and food, you can find ways on the side bar of my main blog: https://blog.kentforliberty.com/2021/08/kitten-update-2.html