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Hurricane Meal Kits: Food Safety and Nutrition

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N.C. Cooperative Extension – Brunswick County Center offers the Hurricane Meal Kits program in-person and virtually! This program provides participants with more detailed information on nutritious foods to include in a hurricane preparedness food kit. Read more about hurricane food kits below and contact Avery Ashley, FCS Agent, to schedule Hurricane Meal Kits for your community. 

North Carolina, especially the Southeast region, typically experiences adverse weather, tropical storms, or a hurricane between the months of June and October. These occurrences can be hard to predict, so the best way to handle hurricane season is to be prepared with a hurricane kit! A typical hurricane kit includes flashlights, batteries, gas for a generator, water, etc. Some essential items people often forget to prepare are shelf-stable and nutritious food items. 


  • Thanks to Star Communications and the N.C. Cooperative Extension- Sampson County Center for this YouTube video! View Sydney, Sampson FCS Agent, and Meghan, Brunswick FCS Agent, demonstrating some of their favorite Hurricane Cookbook recipes.

Foods to Consider

  • Canned or packaged fruits, no sugar added.
  • 100% fruit juices. 
  • Canned vegetables and beans, no salt added or reduced-sodium.
  • Canned tuna, packed in water. 
  • Shelf-stable milk 
  • Unsalted nuts and seeds

Recipes and Sample Meal Plan

Helpful Tips

  • Buying a little each trip can also help spread the cost over a couple of months.
  • Once you have the menus and shopping lists written, they can be stored from year to year, and you won’t have to do that work each year.
  • Having nutritious foods on hand and having a meal plan can help reduce stress and anxiety when it is a genuine emergency. 

NC State Extension Preparedness Factsheets 
University of Florida IFAS Extension: Think Nutrition
Safe Plates- Food Safety Information Center