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Emergency pantry list for Queensland households

The following pantry list  outlines the food required for:

The list is based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines. Adapt the pantry list for people with food allergies, special diets or other specific food requirements.

Food items Approximate food quantities Purchasing examples
Grain foods    
Breakfast cereal (dry) e.g. muesli, wholegrain cereal 850g 28 x 30g single-use bowls/boxes or
2 x 400-450g boxes or
1 x 800-900g box
Flat bread (long life, vacuum packed) e.g. pita bread, lavash, tortillas, wraps 1100g 4 x 260g packs or
6 x 200g packs or
2 x 567g packs
Wholegrain crisp bread/dry biscuits 500g 2 x 250g boxes or
4 x 125g boxes
Ready-to-eat rice or noodles 1700g 8 x 250g packets
Canned fruit in natural juice e.g. pineapple, peaches, fruit salad, plums, berries, apricots 2400g 8 x 400/410/420g cans or plastic tubs *
Dried fruit e.g. sultanas, apricots, mixed fruit 200g 1 x 210g packet
Fruit juice (100% fruit juice) 750mL 3 x 250mL tetra packs
Starchy vegetables e.g. canned potatoes 1050g 4 x 410g cans *
Green vegetables e.g. canned peas, beans, asparagus 1050g 7 x 220g cans *
Orange and other vegetables e.g. canned beetroot, carrots, corn, tomatoes, mushrooms, capsicum, mixed vegetables 3150g 14 x 420g cans *
Canned legumes e.g. kidney beans, 4-bean mix, chick peas, lentils 1000g 4 x 410g cans *
Baked beans 750g 4 x 220g cans
Nuts and seeds    
Nuts and/or seeds (unsalted) e.g. almonds, cashews, pistachios, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, seed mix, nut paste 450g 3 x 150g packet
Milk, yoghurt and cheese    
Long life milk or calcium fortified soy milk 5000mL 20 x 250mL tetra packs (cow's milk or soy milk)
Long life cheese e.g. cheese wedges or sticks 400g 1 x 160g box and
1 x 240g packet
Long life custard 800g 2 x 4 pack custard cups
Lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs    
Canned meat and/or poultry or alternatives e.g. braised steak, canned chicken, canned ham, nut meat 900g

12 x 85g cans (chicken) or
5 x 200g cans (ham/corned beef) or

5 x 400/410/420/425g cans (meat)

Canned fish e.g. tuna, salmon, sardines 1600g 8 x 185/210g cans
Unsaturated spreads and oils    
Unsaturated oil e.g. olive oil 280g 1 x 375mL bottle
Discretionary foods/treats    
For example, sweet biscuits, muesli bars, chocolate, lollies 650g 200g chocolate, 200g sweet biscuits, 250g muesli bars
Fluids (for drinking and food preparation)    
Bottled water 42 L 21 x 2L bottles
Other equipment    
Plastic plates, bowls, cups, cutlery and utensils (only required if you do not have access to your own crockery and cutlery, or washing up facilities)

28 forks
28 knives
28 spoons
28 plates
28 bowls
56 cups
1 can opener

1 x 20 pack and 1 x 10 pack of each cutlery item
2 x 200 pack of each crockery item
3 x 20 pack disposable cups
1 can opener
Hand sanitiser (water-free) 2 tubes/bottles 2 x 200mL bottles

* The weight of these purchasing examples is larger than the amount of food required, to allow for drainage of liquid.

See food for infants in emergencies

Items do not require refrigeration, special preparation or cooking.

Last Updated: 29 October 2013
Last Reviewed: 29 October 2013

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