The problem with "friends and family" and your supply of emergency stuff, is they suddenly say, well you do not need all of that, so you should share with us......same with ammo.....they do not seem to care what you deem a minimum supply...you have plenty and they have none. They will be whining for some Spam, that they would normally not eat. So, I agree, do not share with them how much you have, never let them see your stash. Also, buy extra because you cannot let your wife's family starve when the time comes. Of course, when they get some, it should be the oldest by date and no they do not get to pick the flavors IMHOTrue. Two things to do. 1 never let folks know how much you have. They will be tempted to try and move in or tattle to the gov't if it comes to gov't wanting to take everybody's stuff "for the good of the community." 2 As far as lead goes, make friends with your local mechanic/repair shop. There is usually a bucket of wheel weights in a corner taking up space. You might get it for free. I did.