The Importance of Having an Emergency Food: Emergency food is the food stored in case of emergencies. In a world where disasters can occur without warning, there is that possibility that you and your family may be cut off from your food source. Without sufficient supplies of food and water or other beverages, you will quickly suffer from the effects of malnutrition, undernourishment, and loss of strength with this in mind, there has to be food stockpiled in the pantry that may or may not need cooking or refrigeration (for emergencies that can possibly cut off power supply). Meals Ready to Eat – or MREs – are special meals, sides, and snack created by the U.S. military for our service men and women. Each meal is developed so as to provide our military personnel with all the nutrients they need while still being easy to carry while on the go.