05.19.22

Daines Introduces Bill to Increase the Baby Formula Supply for Montana Families

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced a bill to combat domestic baby formula shortages and bolster the supply chain to help Montana families feed their babies.

“Over 40% of Montana’s baby formula supply is out of stock, and Montana moms and dads are struggling to feed their babies because of it. This is a crisis for families in Montana, and we must prioritize the needs of these parents and children,” Daines said. “It is critical that we combat this formula shortage and bolster the supply chain in order to get formula back on the shelves immediately.”

For a one-pager on the bill, click HERE.

 

Quotes of Support:

“We live in the United States where a young family shouldn't have to struggle to find baby formula. The Biden administration and FDA must get their house in order to fix this serious problem. In the meantime, Congress must act, which is why I appreciate Senator Daines' leadership to address the baby formula shortage, get our shelves stocked, and end the uncertainty Montana moms and dads face,” Governor Greg Gianforte said.

“Here at the Livingston Food Pantry, we are getting multiple calls every day from worried mothers in the WIC program trying to find formula for their children. Along with the stress from the pandemic and across-the-board inflation, the last thing families in poverty need is to worry about what their baby is going to eat tomorrow. The restrictions handcuffing these mothers to specific brands of formula should be lifted immediately and permanently,” George Peirce, Executive Director, Livingston Food Resource Center said.

“Stocking up the shelves with baby formula is a great thing.  We at the food pantry in Dillon are in total agreement with Senator Daines’ push to ease this crisis for Parents and children in need,” Kevin Brown, Vice President and Admin Officer, of Beaverhead County Food Pantry said.

“I am in full support of any effort to relieve the anxiety of mothers who need formula for their babies.  I know much is being done to try to resolve the shortage problem.  However, until it is, we should all try our best to work together and give both mother and baby relief,” Sheryle Shandy, CEO of Billings Food Bank said. 

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Contact: Rachel Dumke,  Katie Schoettler