Here’s my answer …
A well-stocked pantry is important to me for more than one reason.
My grandmother was a preserver, my mother was a preserver, and I am a preserver. I guess you could say I got the preserver gene!
I like the comfort of knowing that should our income suddenly and unexpectedly stop or be greatly reduced worrying about where our next meal was coming from wouldn’t have to be our primary concern.
I find great satisfaction in knowing that I’ve done all I can to provide for our needs. If there should come a time when I/we should need to ask for help this knowledge will carry us through until we are back on our feet and providing for ourselves again. I truly believe this a biblical principle that we are to do all that we can and that is in our ability to do for ourselves before we seek help from others. I believe that thinking long term is part of that principle. Keeping a well-stocked pantry is one area in which we try to implement this biblical principle.
My husband and I are nearing retirement age and we are trying to think ahead and prepare for that season in our life. It is our hope that having a paid for home, an ongoing well-stocked pantry, and knowledge and know-how will go a long way towards making those golden years financially easier.
What about the apocalypse question? None of us know what the future holds. If a true ‘end of the world as we know it’ situation arose, we would do the best we could just like everyone else. My focus, however, is more on daily survival in a world where it seems to be getting harder and harder to make ends meet. Growing and preserving our own food, learning about herbs, the continuation of chipping away at our debt, frugal living, continuous learning and keeping an ongoing well-stocked pantry are all tools I use in my job of providing for my family now and in the future as best I can.
So there you have it … the reasons I work at keeping an ongoing well-stocked pantry.