Kimberly Alarcon has been directly impacted by the shortage. The mother of 10 children recently gave birth to two twin baby girls a few weeks ago. Her family is a busy one, and feeding all the hungry children can be challenging.
“No one thinks you have to, you know, worry about how you’re going to feed your baby, never would have thought or imagined that we’ll be here where we are now,” said Alarcon.
What You Need To Know
- According to Datasembly, in April of 2022, there was a 30% baby formula shortage nationwide
- At the beginning in May, that shortage grew to 43%
- Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County has set up a baby formula drive
Out of desperation, Kimberly has tried alternatives that doctors don’t recommend, like mixing or diluting formula.
“It didn’t do too well. One of the girls she got constipated,” said Alarcon.
County governments are working to help make the crisis manageable. According to Datasembly, in April of 2022, there was a 30% baby formula shortage nationwide and at the beginning in May. That shortage grew to 43%.
That’s where Dutchess County and other counties like it are stepping in to try to help. They have teamed up with Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County to set up a baby formula drive.
Dutchess residents are asked to donate any unused, unopened, unexpired infant formula. Other counties across New York are also contributing to formula drives.
Kim is thankful that the communities are coming together to help mothers in need, and she plans to stop by one of the sites in the near future.
“The community does need to come together. All communities need to come together, so I’m grateful. I will be right there,” said Alarcon.