Frequently Asked Questions
About Secure Foods
What is Secure Foods?
Secure Foods provides shelf-stable emergency and disaster food kits that help to keep essential teams fed and going strong. Nearly all our kits are designed to offer performance nutrition with more than 2250 calories per day for a workforce that must remain mentally sharp and physically active. These kits start at a duration of 4 days and go up to 30 days per person.
Who is it for, and what problem does it solve?
These meal kits are designed for essential workforce and critical teams at high-reliability, conscious capitalist, and people-first organizations that must maintain operations and value their employees in disaster-prone areas of the U.S. With increasing disasters that are impacting businesses, facilities, and millions of American workers and their families, Secure Foods aims to help employers and employees survive and recover through challenging times.
What sets Secure Foods apart from the competition?
While emergency managers, first responders, and others have been buying MREs (meals ready to eat) for years, ALL of our competitors rely primarily on carbohydrates to boost the meal calories. These carbs, once consumed, turn to sugar. In the short term, within a couple of days, the effects of this process are energy spikes and crashes and digestion and elimination issues. However, Secure Foods focuses on fiber and protein in our MREs. Thus, workers’ sugar intake is regulated by fiber to slow down its absorption. This results in maintained energy and muscle mass for those vital workers relying on these MREs. Current market alternatives provide a short boost followed by a crash and loss of muscle mass - not ideal for maintaining peak performance for mentally and physically taxing work.
Who are the founders?
Kwiyoung and David Baumgarten are the co-founders. You can read more about them and the Secure Foods leadership team HERE.
What experience do they have?
Kwiyoung has successfully led global communications and crisis management teams for Fortune 250 companies. She has 30 years of experience in product launch strategies and communications. She is now the COB and President of Baumgartens, an award-winning office and school supply family business.
David successfully developed and launched office, school, and security products. He has more than 25 years of entrepreneurial business and leadership in office and school supply product management and development and go-to-market leadership, strategies, and execution.
Is the business certified as woman-owned or minority-owned?
Yes, Secure Foods is a woman- and minority-owned business, and certified by Woman’s Business Enterprise National Council and the National Minority Supplier Development Council.
The Meal Kits
What kind of food is included?
With a nutritional balance of protein, fiber, and calories, meal kits can include items such as fruits and vegetables, rice, cheese, oatmeal, pasta, beans, milk, and eggs.
How is it packaged, and how should it be stored?
Sealed in mylar packaging, Secure Foods meals are shelf-stable for up to 25 years and some cases, more. They should be stored in a cool, dry place at temperatures between 55°-72°F.
How long will the food last in storage?
With proper storage, most items will last up to 25 years.
What is the average cost per day per person for emergency food?
The Secure Foods 30-day supply of food, which offers over 2250+ calories per day, is about $6.95. This is far less expensive than a typical household's food costs.
What is the best way to learn more about Secure Foods' emergency food products?
The most comprehensive information we have developed on the subject of emergency food and nutrition is, of course, EMERGENCY FOOD PREP AND NUTRITION: What You Should Know. We wrote this as a primer to inspire thinking about food during emergencies, drawing upon lessons from the Great Depression and other historical ways human beings dealt with food and preservation before the industrial revolution.
Prepare Ahead of Disasters and Emergencies
Should I buy emergency food for my employees?
Disasters and emergencies, like accidents, are not planned. However, businesses and organizations can increase the probability of reducing damage to their business by anticipating and planning for the most likely types of emergencies in their geography.nSecure Foods is part of your business continuity strategy by supplying a sufficient quantity of shelf-stable and nutritious foods so that the entire workforce has a full amount of calories to keep going strong.
By providing food, you are helping your workforce think clearly and act responsibly. You can better keep a workforce free from making errors and other accidents. The bottom line is this: When people are under stress and underfed, they don’t perform well. Once the emergency happens, it is too late. Trucks don’t deliver in emergencies, and resources get tight. Be prepared so that when disaster strikes, your workforce is ready.
How long should my business prepare for an emergency?
This depends on multiple factors: your geography, the history of disasters that are likely to repeat in your area and the duration of the emergency you anticipate, and if you want to bring peace of mind to your workforce from disaster through recovery. For example, from lessons learned during Hurricane Katrina, the Secure Foods 72-Hour kit followed by the 30 Days Emergency Food Kit to hand out for evacuation of the city would have helped keep thousands out of FEMA camps, better fed, more likely to return to work and be stronger, more capable and able to help organizations rebuild.
How do I get food during an emergency?
This is very difficult as trucking companies don’t deliver in emergencies and into areas experiencing them. Please plan ahead so that we can serve you during peaceful times.
Ordering & Shipping
How do I order?
For wholesale orders, please call *****.
Go to www.securefoods.com/shop to place online orders.
How and when will the food be shipped?
With stock on hand, non-custom orders will be shipped within 48 hours. This timeframe may fluctuate due to demand. For full pallet loads of one type of kit, Secure Foods ships within the continental United States in LTL shipment and full container loads at our cost.
For less than pallet load quantities, the customer pays for shipping charges. If you need large quantities, it is best to fill out the contact form and let us know what product and quantities you are considering so we can either do a stock check or let you know our production lead times.
What is the return policy?
If Secure Foods determines there is a manufacturing or quality issue, we will replace the product with an equal or better food supply.