Local pantry says they’re out of baby formula for the first time
PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - The Peoria Porch Pantry helped people in the community put food on the table, but in early May one of the most consistent items in the pantry became in short supply, the baby formula.
“It’s disheartening you know those babies, they’re hungry and there’s nothing you could do . I wish there was something we could do but my hands are tied,” Vice President of Operations Charles Martin said.
The porch pantry had to four bottles of toddler formula and was completely out of baby formula on Monday due to the national formula shortage.
Those who depended on the pantry struggled to get formula even before the shortage.
“A lot of them are on WIC, or on food stamps and they’re stuck between a rock and a hard place they have to choose between a bill and a formula,” Martin said.
As desperation continued the pantry said they’d heard of people cutting formula with water and making their own.
The American Academy of Pediatrics advised against homemade baby formula and watering down formula.
They said doing either of these could cause nutritional imbalances that lead to serious health problems or even death in babies.
The porch pantry was not the only local pantry down on supply - many directed families to the Crittenton Centers. The Crittenton Centers said they were ready to help families in need.
“We don’t want parents to stress. Please call us if we want to help you, we have formula available,” Sandy Garza of the Crittenton Centers said. “People have a thought process in their mind that potentially they might not be eligible for one reason or another. Not being able to feed your baby is a crisis, that’s the eligibility, it’s the crisis.”
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