Fair will provide information on food storage and safety

  • Thursday, February 27, 2014

Aiken Standard file photo Sunny and Claude O’Donovan, members of the Aiken Preppers, grow vegetables and herbs in their outdoor garden in this file photo. They then can the vegetables for long-term storage.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1704 Bunting Dr., will hold its Self-Reliance, Safety and Food Storage Fair on Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More than 30 volunteers have been organized to teach participants put together a Family Plan of Self Reliance – everything you need to know about keeping yourselves and families safe during a crisis (like the recent ice storm, tornadoes, loss of main source of income, etc.).

A local employment specialist and human resource professional will be available to give help and instruction on how to get a job. The Red Cross will host a blood drive in the building’s parking lot and the local fire department will display a fire engine, and a fireman will be available to answer questions about community resources available during emergencies.

There are 17 mini-classes (each class is 15 minutes long and will offer handouts). The classes are: Planning a Three Month Supply of Food Storage, Getting Started using Baby Steps; Using Dry Milk; How to Grow Fruit Trees; Mock Root Cellars for Winter Veggies; Food Preservations for Food Storage (How Long Does Food Last?); Buying, Storing and Using Honey; Using Food Storage Every Day; Using Dry Beans; Making Whole Wheat Bread; Think Outside the Box; Meal in a Bag; Food Storage for Beginners; 72-Hour Emergency Kits; How to Can Produce from Your Garden; How Can the Red Cross Help Your Family; and Meet a Fireman and His Engine.

During the last hour, participants can submit and ask questions about anything to a panel of experts ready to help. The experts include: a food storage specialist; financial expert; a Red Cross representative (community resources); a human resource professional; an employment specialist; a food preparation expert; and a water storage specialist.

Many, many food samples will be available for participants to taste. Those who provide their email addresses will receive copies of all the recipes, all the handouts and a 900-page book filled with tips on safety and self-reliance.

Each participant will receive a list of local resources to support them in putting together a Family Plan of Self Reliance. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not advertise or market these products or services. Items are only provided as suggestions and resources.

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