Los Angeles County is buying $750,000 worth of baby formula to help address nationwide shortages

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Los Angeles County has purchased $750,000 worth of baby formula to help address the current shortage, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis announced.

“I know many parents and carers have been concerned and concerned about the lack of baby food,” Solis said in a statement Friday. “As the county government, it is our responsibility to be the safety net for our residents and to meet the needs of the most vulnerable.”

Solis said the first shipment is expected to arrive next week and will be distributed through the Health Department’s Nurse Family Partnership Program, which serves new parents through home visits.

The Department of Children and Family Services is buying $500,000 worth of infant formula under the direction of the supervisor, some of which is already being distributed to families in the child welfare system, she said.

“I would like to thank our procurement team with the Department of Internal Services for their dedication to locating and securing a supply of infant formula for the welfare of babies across the county – a near impossible task during this shortage,” Solis said. “We will be working with nonprofits, health clinics and through county food distribution to ensure families and babies who need it most are getting it.”

She said the county’s work complements President Joe Biden’s efforts to bring baby formula to families nationwide. Food and Drug Administration officials have warned that shipments won’t return to normal levels until July.

The closure of one of the country’s largest manufacturing plants due to contamination sparked the shortage, officials said.

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