LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis announced the County’s purchase of baby formula to address the severe shortage.
“I know many parents and caregivers have been worried and anxious due to the shortage of baby formula. As the County government, it is our responsibility to be the safety net for our residents, and meet the needs of those most vulnerable. At my direction, Los Angeles County is procuring $750,000 worth of baby formula for families. This first shipment is expected to arrive next week and will be distributed through our Department of Public Health’s Nurse Family Partnership Program, which serves new parents through home visitation. Our Department of Children & Family Services is also purchasing $500,000 of formula at my direction, some of which is being distributed already to families in the child welfare system. I want to thank our procurement team with the Internal Services Department for their commitment to locate and secure a supply of formula for the wellbeing of babies across the County—a near impossible task during this shortage. We’ll work with nonprofit agencies, health clinics, and through the County’s food distributions to ensure families and babies most in need receive it. This work complements that of President Joseph R. Biden’s Administration to get baby formula to families nationwide.”
This allocation is at the direction of Supervisor Solis by having the County’s Chief Executive Office explore local community needs to supply no-cost formula to families.