A nationwide shortage of baby food is hitting food banks and pantries that help low-income customers.
Derrick Williams, operations manager for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh, NC, said Friday that his food bank, which serves 600,000 people, was “definitely affected by the shortages.”
“We’ve seen very little baby formula, and we’ve had recalls on some baby formula,” he told Fox News. “If we get it [baby formula] anyway, we need to make sure it hasn’t been recalled.”
Inflation, supply chain problems and recalls caused the availability of some popular baby food brands to drop by 30 percent in retail stores across the country last month.
The federal government’s Special Supplement Program for Women, Infants, and Children provides assistance in obtaining infant formula for low-income families, but some food banks also offer infant formula to their customers.
In North Carolina, the federal program known as WIC has “worked closely with families” to provide support and information about available options,” a statement said Friday.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/07/food-banks-impacted-by-nation-wide-baby-formula-shortage/ Food banks hit by nationwide infant formula shortages