(WTNH) – State officials are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow infant formula access online.
At 12:30 p.m. Monday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal will call on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow WIC participants to purchase baby formula online. He says this will eliminate a barrier for Connecticut families struggling to find formula in stores.
This comes amid a baby formula shortage across the country.
Blumenthal said during a May 17 hearing that, unlike other caregivers who may be able to purchase formula online, WIC participants are unable to use their benefits to purchase formula online.
On Sunday, parents drove from New Haven to Hartford in hopes of getting access to free formula. The Emanual Lutheran Church had a baby formula giveaway over the weekend.
“I drove from New Haven, it’s a 48-minute drive. Just to get formula,” said Alexis Ayala.
The region’s food bank, Foodshare, is stepping up with products.
Formula is now arriving from Europe as part of President Joe Biden’s Operation Fly Formula. A military plane delivered 78,000 pounds of formula on Sunday. The delivery landed in Indianapolis and will go to hospitals and physicians’ offices.