KINGSTON — As the country faces a shortage of infant formula, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan and Catholic Charities have shared a list of resources for parents struggling to find formula to feed their babies. babies.
A number of local non-profit organizations have infant formula available and can also direct parents to other resources. Additionally, eligible participants or residents may contact Ulster County Health Department’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program.
“As the parent of a young child, I understand how stressful this situation can be. That’s why we’re working with Catholic charities and our local nonprofits to make sure all parents know where they can find formula, if it’s not available at their usual source,” Ryan said. “I am optimistic that with the help of our strong nonprofit network and recent federal action, we will get through this moment. I want to thank Catholic charities for stepping up to help our residents and for their continued leadership in our community.
“Good nutrition is essential to a baby’s health and development and for many young families this includes access to formula. Last year, Catholic Charities helped 1,046 households with basic baby necessities, including formula milk. We have seen firsthand the challenges that marginalized and vulnerable families face in providing their infants with the necessary nutrition – and this has been exacerbated by the shortage,” said Shannon Kelly, chief executive of Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan & Ulster.
Resources available for those struggling to find infant formula include:
- Your pediatrician, who may be able to advise you on other brands of formula that might be suitable for your baby or who may have a supply of formula in the office.
- The following non-profit organizations currently accepting and distributing the formula:
- Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan & Ulster – 6 Adams Street, Kingston, NY 12401, 845-340-9170 ext. 3000
- Mother-Child Services Network – 70 Lindsley Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401, 845-762-6948
- Family of Woodstock – 31 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401, 845-331-7080
- Ulster Immigrant Advocacy Network – 30 Pinegrove Ave, Kingston, NY 12401, 888-726-7276
- For participants or those eligible for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, the county health department program can be reached at (845) 340-3965. WIC provides infant formula as well as lactation support for program participants. County Health Department WIC staff can also screen people who are not currently enrolled in the program.