Big-box stores like Sam's Club and BJ's already fuel your bulk-shopping and pantry-stocking addictions — you know, so you don't run out of any essentials when you need them most. But Costco is taking this to an entirely new level by offering customers an entire year's worth of food.
That's right — you can now purchase enough meals to feed a family of four for 365 days straight. Costco is calling this package the Nutristore 1-year Premium Meal Kit, which includes 36,000 servings and sells for a cool $6,000.
This massive collection was created with natural disaster relief in mind, but it no doubt appeals to the doomsday crowd. Either way, the non-perishable survivors' kit includes 600 cans that each contain 1 gallon of supplies, running the gamut from grains and proteins to fruits and vegetables.
Inside you'll find white rice, various pasta (elbow macaroni, rotini); instant black beans and lentils; freeze-dried corn, broccoli, green beans, bananas, and raspberries; dehydrated apples, carrots, and potatoes; and both beef and chicken TVP (texturized vegetable protein). There's also instant milk, butter powder, shortening powder, white and brown sugars, chicken bouillon, and plenty of salt.
"The idea came about making a great starter kit for a family who wanted to prepare for any kind of disaster," a Costco spokesperson told the Detroit Free Press. "This is a great value with shipping included."
The company also points out that this set — which boasts a 25-year shelf life — could alternatively feed eight people for six months or 16 people for three months. According to one customer who reviewed the products, the entire kit arrives in 100 cardboard boxes that weigh about 36 pounds each.
Retail expert Kenneth Dalto also weighed in with DFP, saying: "You have hurricanes. You saw what that did. You add to that climate change, and terrorism, and the idea of nuclear war, which is very much in the news with North Korea."
And so, unsurprisingly, it's not just Costco adding these end-of-the-world kits to their warehouses. Sam's Club sells a one-year supply for $3,500 while Walmart offers a $1,300 option that feeds one person for a year.
But where exactly do you store these enormous collections of shelf-stable goods? The basement or garage is probably your best bet, but be sure to keep all those supplies elevated off the ground and label them accordingly.