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Ensign article, Kay Franz
March 1998

Determining the appropriate quantities for food storage can be challenging for families with children of various ages. Because children are still growing, they need more food in proportion to their size than do adults. Itís helpful to add two years to a childís current age when calculating adequate food storage amounts. Then, by knowing the number of children in a family and their ages, parents can estimate food needs as a percentage of an adult portion.
Percentage of Adult Portion
3 and under
50 %
4 to 6
70 %
7 to 10
90 %
11 and up
100 %

Infants who are nursing share in their motherís portion. Keep in mind that young children, as well as pregnant and nursing mothers, need more milk than other family members (see "Update on Milk Storage" Ensign, March 1997, p. 70)

Food storage needs for large families probably should be re-assessed yearly.