The baby formula crunch is getting better, but there’s still some need in the inland kingdom.
For example, the Moreno Valley Women’s Health Center hosted a diaper and formula drive-thru last month to assist parents affected by a nationwide infant formula shortage and continue to give out items.
Center director Kiana Power said that after receiving large quantities of formula and diapers from churches, the organization decided to give them to the community.
The center, a pro-life, Christian organization that serves as a pregnancy and family resource center, opened in March 2021.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the shortage can be attributed to supply-chain issues as a result of the pandemic. The problem was compounded when Abbott Nutrition, one of the country’s largest formula producers, withdrew formula and closed one of its production facilities.
Abbott reopened its infant formula plant after the February closure, but stopped production less than two weeks after reopening due to bad weather and flooding.
To aid shortages, the Biden administration is importing nearly £1 million worth of baby formula from Mexico as part of its Operation Fly Formula, the White House reported, to speed up store shelves.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, two additional flights, one from Australia and the other from the Netherlands, this week will bring the equivalent of 4.3 million 8-ounce bottles of formula.
Health and Human Services recommends people who need formula contact the nearest community work agency. The Inland Empire has two:
Xiomara Henriquez-Ortega, spokeswoman for the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino, said there is no major local need for baby formula. The agency receives the formula, but is unsure when the next shipment will arrive.
Another resource for parents is United Way’s 211, a free service that helps North Americans find the resources they need. The service also helps people meet basic needs like housing, food, transportation and health care.
For information about the Moreno Valley Women’s Center, call 951-616-9619 or visit healthcenterv.org/.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.