Long Beach, California – The baby formula shortage is still causing headaches to both authorities and parents nationwide, but Long Beach residents may feel a little relieved regarding this issue since city officials announced on Friday that starting next week, on August 2, they would begin providing families that are struggling with access to baby formula.
On Friday, Long Beach received 950 cans of the 1,000 cans of baby formula that were announced to be delivered to the city from Los Angeles County at the beginning of this month. The baby formula cans that Long Beach received are from Enfamil and Similac brands, and families in need will be able to get them while supplies last at the four distribution points:
Main office of the Long Beach Health Department on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon;
- Silverado Park in West Long Beach on Fridays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.;
- Ron Arias Health Equity Center in North Long Beach on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.;
- Mary’s Woman, Infant and Children (WIC) Office in Central Long Beach on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
In order for a family to be eligible for the baby formula, they need to have a baby who is less than nine months old, be enrolled in a federal assistance program (such as WIC), and have a need for food in the household.
The United States Federal Food and Drug Administration has allowed the import of international formula brands and has been encouraging more domestic production in order to help fight the baby formula shortage.