Unexpected hardships, job losses, medical bills or legal troubles can drain your bank account in a hurry. But with food stores in place, at least your family can eat. This can grant the ability and independence to weather your situation for a few weeks, or a month, or more, until you’re back on your feet again. Don’t think of food storage as paranoid food hoarding, think of it instead as a food insurance policy. And if you’re going to stock up on some staples, you’d better do it right. Here are three ways to prevent the loss of these valuable food commodities.