Canadian consumers spend a lot of our hard earned income on food. While most of our food is fresh and consumed quickly, some of it is stored in our kitchen as staples. The average home purchases some processed food to keep on hand.
Based on Stats Can statistics *, the average household food spend in 2014 was $5,880 a year, or $490 a month. (*Average household food expenditure, by province (Canada))
What happens to the food in your kitchen or pantry when you move? In some cases, it will go with you to another home. But in other cases, you may no longer maintain a local home and for the sake of convenience, it’s very tempting to pack up the extra food from your kitchen and put it in storage.
While canned food is fine in a climate controlled storage unit, most of the food in your pantry is NOT allowed. For instance, dried pasta, rice, cereals, grains etc. cannot be stored in a storage unit. Why? Pest control. A good storage operator, like Sentinel, works very hard at eliminating pests through aggressive pest control programs. Mice and other pests like nothing more than a warm, dry place to live – with food!
Food banks rely on donations to continue their work. Donating unopened, non-perishable food to your local food bank or shelters is not only a great way to give back to the community but is also a good idea to allow for more room in your storage unit for belongings that actually need to be there.
Do not allow your storage unit to be the host to unwanted guests.