Pantry Staples

Having a pantry stocked with essentials can help you feel and be more prepared during unexpected times. Below is a list of foods to try to keep stocked in the pantry. Dairy and fresh meat and poultry are great to keep in your refrigerator or freezer, if you will use them, but are harder to store. The items on this list store well, often without refrigerating or freezing. 

Grocery stores and many food pantries have been hit hard in the last few days and some items may not be available, but keep checking. If your budget can manage, pick up an extra bag of beans or can of vegetables to keep adding to your supplies. Visit our Pantry Recipes page for simple ways to turn pantry ingredients into health meals. 




  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Dry cereal
  • Crackers
  • Canned fruit
  • Dry fruit
  • Frozen fruit (if freezer space is available)
  • Applesauce
  • Fruit jam
  • Canned vegetables
  • Frozen vegetables (if freezer space is available)
  • Canned tomatoes
  •  Potatoes


Other Staples

  • Nut butter
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned tuna
  • Beans (dry or canned)
  • Dry lentils
  • Eggs (refrigerate up to 5 weeks)
  • Flour (all-purpose/whole-wheat)
  • Sugar
  • Yeast
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Canola oil
  • Bouillon cube or canned broth
  • Tomato sauce
  • Herbs and spices (basil, cinnamon, garlic powder, salt, pepper, soy sauce)
Cent$ible Nutrition Program

This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. This material was funded by USDA’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program-EFNEP. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

University of Wyoming Extension

Issued in furtherance of extension work, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Kelly Crane, Director, University of Wyoming Extension, College of Agriculture, Life Sciences and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming Extension, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming 82071.

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