Food Theory: How Long Could You SURVIVE Locked In A Grocery Store?

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I've seen the videos Creators posted about trying to live for 24 hours in a grocery store or places like Target. That got me thinking. How long COULD you survive in a grocery store? Whether you were locked in or it was your home base in a zombie apocalypse, how long would you be able to SURVIVE with that as your only source of sustenance? Today, I'm going to settle in and find out!
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  1. Grey White

    Grey White12 minutes ago

    Watched this while stocking shelves, and I had one question: did you guys only account for the items on the floor, or the attached warehouse as well? I mean it wouldn't really matter to the final results, but it would make the farming a bit easier as you wouldn't have to move any shelves, just pallets with the handy pallet jacks.

  2. Bush Bumkin

    Bush Bumkin21 minute ago

    You will actually die within 2 years if you consume their food


    SKELLY BRAIN24 minutes ago

    My friends: Wow impressive Me: *writes everything down*

  4. SodaGumX

    SodaGumX34 minutes ago

    no making food dehydrator from a light bulb fan and cardboard box?

  5. Axe

    AxeHour ago

    My humor is so broken that 7:37 had me dying of laughter

  6. TheOatmealPeople

    TheOatmealPeople2 hours ago

    Did you take into account any food stored in the back? Also, though edible, I don't think the food in the last two periods would be nutritious enough to keep Evan alive.

  7. JadeDragonElixir

    JadeDragonElixir2 hours ago

    what about the open window he could climb out or break it using a mop or something

  8. Bloobler Doobler

    Bloobler Doobler3 hours ago

    How cool of an area would this be in fallout

  9. The Yellow Cursor

    The Yellow Cursor3 hours ago

    He, alone, can't possibly accomplish all that in 1 day.

  10. M.A.M.

    M.A.M.4 hours ago

    Lol as a farmer I feel even more confident to survive in a food mart lol

  11. katherine gregory

    katherine gregory4 hours ago

    This is my first video. This is fun

  12. Siaca

    Siaca4 hours ago

    Was really hoping the book Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne would be mentioned. 14 kids (ranging from 5-18) are all stuck in a grocery store due to an apocalyptic situation outside. Great trilogy

  13. Think Before You Sleep

    Think Before You Sleep4 hours ago

    Yeah but like.... the dried beans can be planted and so can the rice.... so can the fruit seeds. Also often times stores have seed packets for vegetables. So really if you are not just expending resources, you could live there indefinitely. Also you might have to dig a well.

  14. ThatOneGuy

    ThatOneGuy4 hours ago

    This should be a Netflix series

  15. Garrett Whiting

    Garrett Whiting4 hours ago

    Why not just use a Walmart

  16. Garrett Whiting

    Garrett Whiting4 hours ago

    They are bigger and in pretty much every state

  17. Nayal Raza

    Nayal Raza4 hours ago

    “All utilities are out of order“ Evan: I got to poop

  18. TheGofercat77

    TheGofercat775 hours ago


  19. Trimericbark 27

    Trimericbark 275 hours ago

    Wouldn’t you be able to break the ground to get that dirt for crops I mean it’s still in side the store.

  20. Swineinthesky

    Swineinthesky5 hours ago

    For that first part you’re very generously assuming that the average person is smart enough to build a fire that won’t burn the whole place down and also smart enough to know how to DEHYDRATE FRUIT over an open fire

  21. evan jacobs

    evan jacobs5 hours ago


  22. EmE

    EmE6 hours ago

    This was awesome

  23. Valentine rose

    Valentine rose6 hours ago

    But you could stay alive longer because you don’t need the recommended You just need the bare minimum Enough to survive

  24. Valentine rose

    Valentine rose6 hours ago

    Idk I’d star dehydrating and prepping for the first week and get everything and set like idk ten or more fires yk. Also wouldn’t you go insane pretty easily without out to do all day

  25. Reagan P

    Reagan P7 hours ago

    you know thay restoki t

  26. Niomi Ann

    Niomi Ann7 hours ago

    He could have use the snow from the windowsill from the snowy seasons started so he can refrigerate the meat and if the snow melted he would have used it for a water source and then now you're talking progress 🌊❄️🍃🌿(UvU👌)🌿🍃❄️🌊

  27. ElectedWall6000

    ElectedWall60008 hours ago

    good to know for an apocalypse

  28. Jace Lemay

    Jace Lemay8 hours ago

    Wait if he opened the window why didn't he just leave?

  29. Ryan Manabe

    Ryan Manabe8 hours ago

    Nic3. Love to see target when its stater bros. 4:58

  30. Joey Bassani

    Joey Bassani8 hours ago

    great video

  31. Ben Kuzoyan

    Ben Kuzoyan10 hours ago

    Plot twists: theorista came only for the food and she didn’t care for evan

  32. Bifrozt

    Bifrozt10 hours ago

    Poop Mushrooms huh

  33. NTac Tic

    NTac Tic11 hours ago

    Thats one big grocery store 😂

  34. Sara Painter

    Sara Painter11 hours ago

    Did he anywhere in the theory consider toilet paper?

  35. will york

    will york12 hours ago

    only one problem. you dont find vodka in grocery stores

  36. The Waffler

    The Waffler12 hours ago

    Food Theory: How much McDonald’s can you eat before you die. I actually want to see this.

  37. John Bueckert

    John Bueckert12 hours ago

    How mend food ln a day you nead

  38. Vickie Hurley

    Vickie Hurley12 hours ago


  39. Vickie Hurley

    Vickie Hurley12 hours ago

    Can you jump out of a window 44 feet tall without hurting any bones?

  40. SuperJr64Logan

    SuperJr64Logan12 hours ago


  41. Alley Cat :3

    Alley Cat :312 hours ago

    Me writing a post apocalyptic book: yes exactly what I need Also Me who works as a cashier: ya we have a lot of items Customer: is their a deal on this Me: I'm not sure but I can check C: how could you not know you work here! M:( ya not like it's always changing do to items leaving and different deals coming and going constantly). I'm sorry your right

  42. Tahnee's Blog

    Tahnee's Blog12 hours ago

    what about restocking?

  43. Hannah Savage

    Hannah Savage13 hours ago

    Food ( and/or film) theory idea: how long could you last in Willy wink as factory with only the food and candy inside?

  44. mm mm

    mm mm13 hours ago

    4:46, Theorista, really. You couldn't come up with some other name.

  45. Donnie

    Donnie13 hours ago

    if it would be a apocalypse, the rain wouldn't be drinkable, no?

  46. sparkylife

    sparkylife13 hours ago

    what is theoretically the most you could eat of one food product without dying, what i mean by this is, you can die from eating any food technically, you just have to eat enough of it, so what is the food that you can eat the most of?

  47. GeoStreber

    GeoStreber14 hours ago

    The standard Bundeswehr MREs eaten currently have a manufacture date in the late 80s.

  48. renten

    renten14 hours ago

    So..poop mushrooms. Poop mushrooms would save Evan

  49. Garrett Rivera

    Garrett Rivera14 hours ago

    What about a larger store like a Costco or a sams club?

  50. Skribble

    Skribble14 hours ago

    Compost over years mixed in though would create more and more soil wouldn't it or would it need worms which could also be in the store. Also you can grow plants without soil if you know how

  51. Ian Carlson

    Ian Carlson14 hours ago

    The immediate thing I picked out when you mentioned meats and dairy is that a grocery store is usually thermally sealed (or can be such.) The moment the power goes off, all systems that would generate heat would immediately attempt to equalize with anything cold nearby. However, there is one problem. You see, most grocery stores have a near (small) truckload of packaged ice. One of my first instincts would be to try and find the packaged ice area, and isolate its specific "fridge" unit. As that specific unit would stay ice cold for at least a day or so. So if anything really was on the verge of its sell by date, they would immediately be stuffed in that while I go on with the other things.


    LINISIN14 hours ago

    PA Tay Ta

  53. Martina SERA

    Martina SERA14 hours ago

    What if the supermarket isn’t fully stocked?

  54. Katharina Von Walde

    Katharina Von Walde14 hours ago

    Its the shrooms on poop ... shrooms on poop

  55. TehWhiteTiger

    TehWhiteTiger14 hours ago

    Imagine if this happened during the toilet paper raids.

  56. tom margotta

    tom margotta15 hours ago

    Theirs no light to grow plants in a frekin grocery store and no irrigation....

  57. Monster coward

    Monster coward15 hours ago

    Could he have made the milk into cheese?

  58. Micheal :THE EVIL HERO

    Micheal :THE EVIL HERO16 hours ago

    F in the chat for Evan 😅

  59. Micheal :THE EVIL HERO

    Micheal :THE EVIL HERO16 hours ago

    "Super market survival" am I the only one who thinks it sounds like a title for a crappy mobile game granny rip off?

  60. Shmeganthy

    Shmeganthy16 hours ago

    Mushrooms? Nah ill just die

  61. Lynsey Jones

    Lynsey Jones16 hours ago

    My mum starts talking to someone at the shops: My search history:

  62. Sharon

    Sharon16 hours ago

    Okay but realistically I just do not need more then 63 years. By the time you’re old and wise enough to do all this I’d say you’re at least like 20. 63 years later you’re 83, with that diet you’ll probably be dead right?

  63. Randy Brown

    Randy Brown17 hours ago

    I have a question similar to this one about Gilligan's Island. Did the island have enough of the right kinds of food to sustain 7 people and give them enough variety in their diet to keep them healthy?

  64. eBay eBrqd

    eBay eBrqd17 hours ago

    Why not just breathe door to get out of wait till they open the next day? You over thinking this

  65. Skadé

    Skadé17 hours ago


  66. Alex

    Alex17 hours ago

    He would die from old age and bad diet before running out.

  67. Pat Mcgary

    Pat Mcgary19 hours ago

    how long would your last in a costco

  68. Beeeni

    Beeeni19 hours ago

    11:56 matt: unless my dumbass: he ate his own body parts? matt: farming me: ah yes

  69. Tom Smith

    Tom Smith19 hours ago

    Love the fallout ghoul and Zetan pictures

  70. Lisa Arley

    Lisa Arley19 hours ago

    Film theory idea..? Hey, just came to think about it somehow but have u even been wondering why Donald Duck is like the only duck in his series that talk like he does? Everyone else talk "normal" but yet he gotta sound more "ducky".. But perhaps that question has already been answered

  71. Elven At Heart

    Elven At Heart20 hours ago

    I realized the true answer the moment he said the word compost. But I watched till the end anyway.

  72. A_carot YT

    A_carot YT20 hours ago

    Here is a theory, how long could you last only drinxkong 5 hour energy and steak

  73. Pete the Norwegian

    Pete the Norwegian20 hours ago


  74. Fábio Santos

    Fábio Santos20 hours ago

    Water would be a bigger problem then. I guess you can collect rain water but it involves going outside.

  75. Leehiro

    Leehiro20 hours ago

    i would put the fresh groceries in the freezers

  76. John Smith

    John Smith21 hour ago

    4:11 to skip the rather long intro.

  77. Zamir Murray

    Zamir Murray22 hours ago

    that girl dead ash

  78. aman ali

    aman ali22 hours ago

    Film theory idea:how luffy can do the things he does even if he is rubber from onempiece

  79. TheLoneCabbage

    TheLoneCabbage22 hours ago

    "However long it takes to run out of stuff that's hydrating plus ~3 days". Hunger will not be the determining factor; thirst will.

  80. The Immortal Sun-kun

    The Immortal Sun-kun22 hours ago

    _Food_ Theory? Matthew, you have officially gone too far.

  81. Sync Bmgo

    Sync Bmgo23 hours ago

    Good Job Evan

  82. Alan Feng

    Alan Feng23 hours ago

    Is everyone going to skip over the year that Evan spends blazed out of his mind because he gets the entirety of his calories from vodka? 7.1M calories worth? Also, during the last 13 years, wouldn't he get scurvy like 3 months in? He's eating nothing but raw sugar, molasses, vodka and soy sauce. His pancreas will quit like 3 weeks in, followed quickly by his kidneys from drinking straight soy sauce. I wouldn't count those last 13 years as "survival" Actually, chubbyemu has a video describing what happened after someone chugged a gallon of soy sauce Oh, one MORE thing -- will he need 2000 calories? If he starves himself, his metabolism will actually go down. So from the beginning, he starves himself down to about 100 pounds, his basal metabolism drops to around 1300 calories. This means that the indefinite food items will sustain him 20/13 times longer, or about +50%. We could EASILY get to Evan's natural life with this kind of rationing.

  83. Merlin Island

    Merlin IslandDay ago

    How long can someone survive in a Apple store?

  84. Love is Love

    Love is LoveDay ago

    Flaws in this video : You can still drink milk that's "spoiled" bc it's pasteurised. There is natural beauty products you can safely eat and it does give you nutrition. Evan can survive longer just by fasting every other day, he does not need to eat his basel metabolic rate anyways he's not very active he can just let his metabolic rate slow down, and that can give him a decade more.

  85. metal87power

    metal87powerDay ago

    Wait, he can still eat and drink his own waste.

  86. hassanyBOI

    hassanyBOIDay ago

    at the start his monitor is asus and samsung 😂

  87. Tyler Davie

    Tyler DavieDay ago


  88. Matthew

    MatthewDay ago

    Id rather just live the 63.3 years than end up eating mushrooms

  89. Glacier Ange1

    Glacier Ange1Day ago

    & if he was vegan? Or has an eating disorder? :3

  90. Dynastie

    DynastieDay ago

    4:18 shouldn’t there be a like a limit of use for farming soil

  91. Garnet 3942

    Garnet 3942Day ago

    Scp-3008?? Anyone? Lol

  92. Dman Peso

    Dman PesoDay ago

    I think you could have just taken the item with longest expiration date & there’s your answer

  93. Dman Peso

    Dman PesoDay ago

    Dried beans can last 30 years

  94. Kevin Nunna

    Kevin NunnaDay ago

    with all the human waist and food waist you would have to worry about rats eating you're food stash

  95. Kevin Nunna

    Kevin NunnaDay ago

    if thereso no freezer then smoke the meat and salt it wrap it

  96. Kevin Nunna

    Kevin NunnaDay ago

    what if you flipped the script and started eating the zombies I'm a genius

  97. McSmouche

    McSmoucheDay ago

    Plot twist: thoerista is the mastermind behind the post apocalyptic event and the alien zombies are her henchmen sent to assassinate Evan from survival

  98. Marki

    MarkiDay ago

    heh, eating poo mushs forever is a pretty good option i guess, as long as you are alive doesn't matter

  99. Just Chilled

    Just ChilledDay ago

    This is useful because I think of this frequently

  100. Hong Xu

    Hong XuDay ago

    Lots of those foods would need cooking though. How much cooking can he do with his supermarket items?