Preparedness Challenge: May Week 4

Our fourth preparedness challenge for May is to gather a supply of disposable eating supplies like paper plates, cups, bowls, utensils and more. You probably shop for some already. These items would be extremely useful after a disaster when water or power may be shut off, or if you must camp on your own property. I keep disposable picnic items on hand for large family gatherings, so we accomplish an everyday task with a disaster task at the same time.


1.  Gather Disposable Picnic Supplies
These items go on sale during the summer in May, June and July which is awesome! Watch for sales at Costco and Sam’s Club and pharmacies like Walgreens for special deals. Here are a few ideas:

  • paper plates
  • cups, paper or plastic (Styrofoam for hot beverages)
  • bowls paper or foam
  • plastic utensils
  • heavyweight foil
  • paper towels
  • napkins
  • disposable tablecloths
The key is to not let these items disappear completely from your kitchen shelves before you buy some more. We saw with corona virus how paper towels unexpectedly disappeared. Just keep yourself in stock and you’ll be ready for the unexpected.
Have fun gathering!
Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer
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