Why Give?

One guiding principle underpinning a Revolving Provision way of life is to demonstrate love in our communities.

“A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
(John 13:34-35)

No one in our community should be hungry or have less than what is needed to maintain a healthy human life.

“…value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests
but each of you to the interests of the others.”
(Philippians 2:4)

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others,
for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
(Hebrews 13:16)

God wants ALL His creation to come to Him and be blessed by Him. Extending His love and grace will draw people to Him. Why not resolve today to prepare?  If disaster comes we will not only have peace from the Prince of Peace but we will also have practical stock and supplies to keep us calm, provide for our families, and help a neighbor.

Better to be 10 years early than one day too late.

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Where to Store

Some of you have an entire extra room or wing in your home to devote to your provision planning; others may just be able to squeeze a shoe box under the bed or tucked in the back of a closet but not much more.  Whatever your storage capacity apply a few principles to take care of your stock.

Principles of food storage:  cool, dry, dark and airtight

  • Temperature – cool.  Find a place which is not too hot or too cold (in other words not outside). The ideal temperature for storing canned foods is between 50 °F and 70 °F. Temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit are harmful to canned foods.
  • Moisture – dry, less than 15% humidity is best. Damage or rust to cans is possible in a humid or moist environment.  Mold is a possibility to dry goods (cereals, rice, flour, etc.) plus they absorb moisture and can quickly get an off-taste if stored in a moist environment.
  • Sunlight – dark.  Foods exposed to sunlight can change in flavor and color not to mention an increase in temperature. Sunlight contributes to a loss of food’s nutritional value and quality.
  • Airtight – oxygen is good for humans but less is more when storing food.  Also airtight containers help keep your stock critter-proof.  Store your foods in vacuum packs, plastic bins, or otherwise protect it from bugs and rodents

Designate a place in your home that best fits the principles of food storage.  Now that you have a place for your provisions, determine what you want to buy and when.  Choose from the Budget Plans (coming soon).

References

Nestle Corporation. (2013). All you need to know about canned foods. Vevey, Switzerland: Author. Retrieved from http://www.nestle-family.com/nutrition-for-all/english/all-you-need-to-know-about-canned-foods_436287.aspx

Powitz, R. (2005, June/July). 7 simple rules for effective and hygienic dry goods storage. Food Safety Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.foodsafetymagazine.com/magazine-archive1/junejuly-2005/7-simple-rules-for-effective-and-hygienic-dry-goods-storage/

Rasmussen, J. (2011). Storing canned food. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension. Retrieved from http://www1.extension.umn.edu/food/food-safety/preserving/storage/storing-canned-food/

Schmutz, P. (1999). Safe handling of canned goods. Clemson, SC:  Clemson University Extension.  Retrieved from http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/food/food

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2008). Are you storing food safely? Silver Spring, MD: Author. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm093704.htm

All believers should be prepared

The purpose of this information is to equip believers so they are ready to meet
needs around them and show the world God’s love. If you’ve wondered what you
can do to show love or give to others because of your circumstance or limited
budget, dig in and find the post or article that meets your needs or budget.

We can all do something to prepare. We can all do something to provide for
others.

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Greetings!

Join me here for information about stocking up food and supplies for families and individuals. Menus, lists, general pricing, and a donation schedule are available so your provisions can be donated regularly while you still have what you need to safely get through a prolonged disaster.

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This page is intended for Christians, believers under the covenant of grace. If you are not a believer you will find many practical articles and tips here but the principles may not align with your beliefs. Know that you are welcome whoever you are.

-Julia