LA County buys formula to distribute during shortage

Los Angeles County has purchased $750,000 worth of formula that it will soon begin distributing at food distribution sites and through outreach programs for new mothers, officials said.

The county purchased the formula to help feed babies as the country grapples with a severe shortage of infant formula, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis said in a news release.

Parents have been scrambling for formula for weeks following supply chain disruptions and a safety recall at the nation’s largest formula producer.

The first shipment of approximately 12,000 12-ounce cans is expected to arrive late next week. Details on where and when the formula will be distributed have yet to be finalized, Solis spokeswoman Kimberly Ortega said.

Part of the supply will be distributed through the Department of Public Health’s Nurse-Family Partnership Program, which provides home-visiting services to new mothers, many of whom are or have been in foster care.

The formula will also be distributed at events organized by the county. Details will be made public soon, Ortega said.

Additionally, the county’s Department of Child and Family Services is purchasing $500,000 worth of infant formula to be distributed to families served by the agency.

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