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State launches website page to connect families to resources amid baby formula shortage

Baby Formula Shortage
Posted at 8:33 PM, May 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-01 21:43:09-04

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Attorney General's Office have partnered to create a landing page on its website to connect families to resources amid the nationwide baby formula shortage, CDPHE announced Tuesday.

The page will feature up-to-date information on where to find help and the latest updates on the shortage.

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to address the formula shortage and boost production. He also authorized the Defense Department to use commercial aircraft to fly overseas formula supplies that meet federal standards to the U.S.

In Tuesday's press release, CDPHE said Colorado hospitals received shipments of baby formula over the weekend. However, in a release issued Wednesday, the department retracted that statement, saying formula is being distributed to states but CDPHE cannot confirm that Colorado has received any.

“We are committed to helping families access healthy, nutritious food,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of CDPHE. “We want all Coloradans to know that during this stressful and difficult shortage, multiple state agencies are working to make every resource available and ensure that every family in need can get the information and assistance they need.” 

Last week, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed an executive order declaring a disaster emergency due to the shortage, allocating emergency funds to support the free distribution of donor human milk from Mother's Milk Bank, according to CDPHE.

The Colorado Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (COWIC) has temporarily expanded its accepted formula brands to include Earth's Best, Gerber and store brands available at COWIC-allowed options. Families are also temporarily allowed to purchase larger container sizes.