Wednesday, April 7, 2010

LDS Church Home Storage Center

What is the Home Storage Center?

The LDS Church Home Storage Centers are set up to help individuals and families prepare their own home food storage.

What types of food are available at the Home Storage Center?

There are two types of Home Storage Centers. One type has foods such as fruits, vegetables and meats which are packed in liquid. The other has dry foods such as grains, dehydrated foods and flours. The Kansas City Home Storage Center is a "dry pack" cannery. The following foods are available: dry beans, dry milk, rice, sugar, wheat, dried apple slices, dehydrated carrots, macaroni, spaghetti, oats, dried onions, potato flakes, dehydrated refried beans, cocoa mix, flour, fruit drink mix, pancake mix, potato pearls.

Red wheat, white wheat, white flour, rice, regular oats, quick oats

Black beans, white beans, pinto beans, refried bean flakes

Potato pearls, macaroni, spaghetti, chopped dehydrated onions, chopped dehydrated carrots, sliced dehydrated apples

Iodized salt, white granulated sugar, shortening, non-fat dry milk

Hot cocoa mix, fruit drink mix, chocolate instant pudding, vanilla instant pudding

What are the prices for these items?

A price list can be found at (look on the right side of the screen for "Home Storage Order Form Download") and is updated regularly. You can also call the local Home Storage Center for help and questions.

Is food always cheaper at the Home Storage Center?

Usually, but not always. Sugar is sometimes cheaper at warehouse type stores (such as Costco or Sam's Club). Rice and flour are often available for a very similar price at a grocery store. Also, buying food in bulk packaging from the Home Storage Center is cheaper than packaging it in the cans or pouches.

How do I call the local Home Storage Center?

Contact information is also found at (look at the very top of the screen for "locations", then choose "home storage centers," then click on the map).

The phone number for the Kansas City Home Storage Center is (816) 453-4269.

How can this food be purchased?

This food can be purchased in bulk quantities (meaning in bags or boxes of 10-30 pounds) which can then be stored in your own containers (such as plastic bins), or in mylar pouches, or in #10 cans. In order to purchase the food, it is expected that you would participate on a session helping to package the food in the cans or in the pouches.

What are mylar pouches and #10 cans?

They are packages used to safely store dry food on a shelf for a number of years. When the mylar package is opened the food will need to be placed in a different container. When the #10 can is opened, the food can continue to be stored in it, if a plastic lid is purchased to fit the can (lids are available at the Home Storage Center).

mylar pouch

#10 can

What is a session of canning food?

You meet at the Home Storage Center for a period of about 3 hours. Working with a group of 4-5 other people, you fill, seal and label the cans, then clean up afterward. There are missionaries available at the Home Storage Center to explain and coordinate the work.

Can I bring my own food to the Home Storage Center to process?

No, but you may borrow one of the canning machines, or the pouch machine. Then, at your home you may can or pouch your own dry foods.

When is the Home Storage Center open?

It is open three evenings and two mornings each week, by appointment.


  1. Do you need to be a member of the church to participate in this? If not, if purchasing from the "bulk" column instead of bagged or canned, do you need to bring your own storage? Thank you for the information!

  2. They are now selling mostly pre-packaged in #10 cans wheat, flour, oats, beans, fruit drink, milk. You don't have to be a member of the church