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August 2006 Feingold Email Newsletter
Dear Feingold Association Members & Friends,


One of our members asked about foods to keep on hand for emergencies such as hurricanes, power outages, etc., and we passed it on to you. Thank you to all of you who responded with your great ideas. And here they are: (Double check your Foodlist to be sure you use approved brands)


    Buy 5 gallon bottles water, and smaller individual bottles too. Have LOTS of it on hand. If you don't have a water service, make sure you rotate the bottles often enough to keep the water fresh. When you know a storm is on the way, clean your tubs and fill them all with water.
Dry & Canned foods:
  • Canned veggies (corn, green beans, peas, beans, etc.)
  • Canned fruits
  • Spaghettios - Annies Brand
  • Carnation canned milk - to add to pasta sides and coffee
  • Canned beans - black, pinto, garbanzo, etc.
  • Soups: Amy's, Imagine, Shelton's (check Foodlist for varieties)
  • Dry Pasta
  • Couscous (just needs boiling water added)
  • Saltine Crackers - use as bread
  • Hillshire Farm Summer Sausages
  • Erewhon instant oatmeal
  • Applesauce
  • Nature's Choice multigrain cereal bars
  • Peanut butter
  • SoyNut Butter
  • Honey or Jelly
  • Rice Cakes
  • Cereals
  • Aseptic boxes (no refrigeration needed) of milk or milk substitute (Horizon's, Rice Dream, etc.)
  • Tea bags & instant Coffee for the adults
  • Peanuts, cashews, other nuts
  • Trail Mix
  • Granola
  • Chips
  • Dip or salsa
  • Original Corn Nuts (individually bagged snacks)
  • Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix - you can use water or canned milk and no eggs.
  • Syrup
  • Canned tuna & chicken
  • Stauffers Animal Crackers
  • Mahatma Saffron Yellow Rice
  • Gerber Graduates Meat Sticks
  • Spam
  • Approved candy to keep the kids pacified
  • Annies Homegrown pasta meals
  • Amy's Toaster Pops
  • Cliff Z Bars
  • Pretzels
  • Barbara's instant mashed potatoes
  • Molly McButter
  • Raisins
  • Juice bags/boxes - lots
  • Canned chicken broth - to boil pasta and "sides"
  • Small packages of mayo, mustard, and ranch from Costco, Sam's, or BJ's
  • Glaceau Vitamin Waters
PET FOOD - Don't forget your pets!

You may want to put all of your dry foods into plastic bags to keep them from getting wet if you get leaks or the roof comes off.

Foods for the Cooler:

  • Lunch Meats
  • Cheese
  • Small mayo, mustard, ranch
  • boiled eggs
  • yogurts
  • squeezy tube yogurt
  • ICE for the cooler and pack your freezer with it too.
Paper Products (you don't want to have to wash):
  • Paper plates and cups
  • Disposable forks, knives, spoons
  • Paper towels
  • Moist wipes
  • Diapers
  • Pullups
  • Sanitary napkins/tampons (you never know if you will need them)
Fresh Items:
  • (buy when everyone else is stocking up on canned stuff as the storm approaches)
  • Fresh fruit (Bananas, apples, pears, oranges, etc.)
  • Fresh veggies (cukes, peppers, carrots, celery)
  • Bread, rolls, buns
Other items:
  • Manual Can Opener
  • Tarp for the roof
  • Batteries in all sizes (Think gameboy and touchlights)
  • Battery powered radio or TV
  • Flashlights, lanterns, touchlights (one per child)
  • Cookstove
  • Sterno or propane for cooking - USE OUTSIDE
  • Battery powered fan
  • Duct tape
  • Bug repellant
  • Hand sanitizer
  • A new game for the kids
  • Generator
  • Gas for the generator
  • Advil, Tylenol, Benadryl (clear capsules), Epsoms Salts
  • First Aid Kit
TIPS: (assuming you know the storm is on the way)
  • Get ALL of your laundry done before the storm.
  • Start cooking the things in the freezer and eating them.
  • Clean out your fridge!
  • Scrub the tubs and fill with water right before the storm.
  • Bathe the animals.
  • Have animal tags engraved with address and phone numbers.
  • Bathe the kids and wash their hair.
  • Bathe yourself and wash your may be your last chance for awhile!
  • Fill your gas grill with propane.
  • Fill the car with gas.
  • Fill your prescriptions.
  • Fill your tub with water.
  • Video tape the contents of your home and the exterior.
  • Take photos of the home - inside and out.
  • Charge your cell phone. If you don't have a car adaptor for it buy one now!
  • Get Library books to read.
One item voted "BEST thing to buy" was a battery-operated Coleman Lantern. It can light an entire room far better than the bouncing light of a flashlight.

Also get each of the kids a "TouchLight." They can sit it down or carry it around. The lights take small batteries and there should be lots of them available in the hardware department.

A small cookstove that takes the small bottles of propane may be a big help. Make sure you have the smaller bottles of fuel. Be safe and use it outside!

One member bought "Magnetix" and her girls were thrilled to play with them while they had to sit in a HOT closet for three hours. A regular deck or two of cards is a good thing too.

Susie Everhart from Susie's Grass Fed Meats suggests keeping some of Susie's Grass Fed Lamb Snack Sticks on hand. Recently approved as acceptable for the Feingold Program, they are a one ounce snack stick made with 100% grass fed American lamb. Grass fed meats have many benefits, including reduced risk of BSE-like diseases, reduced risk of E.coli contamination, no added hormones and antibiotics, increased levels of Omega-3 fatty acids, increased levels of CLA and more vitamin E and vitamin A. These snack sticks are individually packaged.

Another member suggests that if you have the ability to boil water in a saucepan on a fire or grill, you can make Mahatma Saffron Yellow Rice, substituting olive oil for the butter/margarine. When it is done, add a can of Hormel chicken. No refrigeration needed, and it's tasty!

If you are lucky enough to have a gas grill with a side burner, most anything can be cooked. During Hurricane Isabel, one member reports she even baked an apple tart on the grill with the lid closed.

Even more ideas can be seen at Emergency Kitchen


If you find yourself cooking on a charcoal or wood fire, by choice or necessity, keep an eye on the whereabouts of your kids. Not only to keep them safe and prevent burns, but the smoke itself seems to affect some of our more sensitive children. Some wood contains salicylate which may be breathed upon burning; other charcoal is actually flavored or saturated with chemicals to create a flavor or to help it start burning quickly. Some children react to foods cooked directly over a fire - we assume it is something in the smoke. Protect them from breathing the smoke, and consider that they may do better eating foods prepared in a pan rather than directly on the fire.

CBS is planning a new fall advertising campaign in which it plans to print advertisements on the shells of over 35 million eggs destined for refrigerators across the country. Marketers are calling it "egg-vertising." Depending on the success of the campaign, marketers hope to expand the technique to other edible portions of food products. The procedure, called EggFusion, etches the shell and cannot be wiped off, as opposed to ink, already used for dating some eggs, which can be wiped off. Whether either of these clever ideas will affect our children medically, or neurologically, has not been tested, as far as we know. Learn more at where the Organic Consumers Association is keeping an eye on it.

Feingold-acceptable bubble gum? Chocolate lover's cookies, candies and cherry chocolate pops -- wow, does it get any better? ... page 7

Why is a chemical that is designed to kill termites being sprayed on your food? page 6

Would you like a scoop of fish blood ice cream? ... page 5

Can a Harvard professor's secret harm your son? ... page 6

Kids: put your jammies on, brush your teeth, and call poison control. ... page 5

What happens when your kids are having trouble in school, and you are a teacher? ... page 2

Even though the Product Information Committee (PIC) has not been accepting any new research requests during the summer, they have been following up on thousands of requests already in their files to continue to ensure that all products listed remain current. Starting last Friday, August 12th, the information research page has been available for new requests.

Wishing you a safe summer (what's left of it) and a good school year.