Surviving the end of the world is a hungry business. And if a doomsday scenario were to suddenly descend upon the world, most people would be left high and dry in terms of food and water.
People eager to prepare for doomsday with Costco memberships, however, may be among the exceptions. The international wholesaler is now selling a variety of food kits with up to enough food to keep a family of four fed for an entire year.
The multinational corporation (and the best place to get a ton of double chocolate muffins) isn’t saying that the end is nigh, just that if it were nigh, these are the food kits you’d want to have in your nuclear shelter.
There are several kits for sale on Costco’s website, ranging from $2,000 CAD to $8,500 CAD. The basic $2,000 kit contains 96 cans, enough to feed two people 1,769 calories per day for 90 days. The largest, $8,500 Nutristore Premium 1-year Food Kit, meanwhile, contains over 30,000 servings in over 230 cans and 30 buckets of “grains, fruits, vegetable, proteins, dairy and more.”
That’s enough food to keep four people for a year on a diet of 1,351 calories a day each! That is, unless someone gets into the stash late one night and eats six month’s worth of dehydrated apples in one sitting.
Apocalypse survivors who opt for either kit will enjoy cooking with valuable ingredients such as beef-textured vegetable protein, instant rotini pasta, instant milk, freeze-dried strawberries, and more. Okay, so it’s not exactly gourmet, but it beats starving or living off of canned cat food or looted goods like the protagonist does in every end-of-the-world movie ever. And did we mention it won’t go bad for 25-30 years if left unopened?
With international politics at a boiling point and the Doomsday Clock at just two minutes to midnight, some people will no doubt opt to be safe rather than sorry. One reviewer calls the $4,000 USD THRIVE kit (available on the U.S. website) “peace of mind in a can.” And if you’re looking to make it past the end of days but don’t want your nosy neighbours to catch wind of your strategy, don’t worry, says Costco, because the whole thing is “packaged discreetly for privacy” when shipped.