The website gives Mississippians options to enter the location of companies that offer formulas and what brands they stock.
In response to the national infant formula shortage, Congressman Michael Guest (MS-03) launched a crowdsourced website, called Central MS Formula Finder, to identify companies that currently have infant formula in their inventory. The website gives Mississippians options to enter the location of companies that offer formulas and what brands they stock.
“We’ve heard from moms, dads and caregivers across our state who have looked for formula milk but can’t find it at their local store,” Congressman Guest said. “I know people from Mississippi and I know they want to help. This website is a tool that any Mississippian can use to help identify available formula.
Information from the website will be used to create an interactive map for people looking for infant formula to use. The Visiting Congressman’s Office is also asking local businesses to self-identify when restocking their shelves using the form on the website.
“This is not an exhaustive list. We will do our best to keep this map up to date with the latest information we receive from contributors. This is not a real-time map, but will be updated periodically as throughout the day Monday through Friday,” the website reads.
On May 13, Guest joined more than 100 House Republicans in a letter to the Biden administration calling for action on the formula shortage.
“The share of infant formula ‘out of stock’ in the United States reached 40% on April 24” and a “total of states have out stock rates of 40 to 50 percent.’ In particular, CVS, Walgreens and Target are among stores limiting the amount of formulas customers can purchase at one time. AIn addition, there are concerns about the impact this could have on parents participating in the special program. Supplementary nutrition program for women, infants and children (WIC), who depend on the supplying the program with infant formula for their infant nutritionfunctional needs,” the letter reads.
“House Republicans are calling on the administration to do more to help parents across the country. This issue is a matter of life and death, and it is time for this administration to address it with the appropriate urgency it deserves,” the letter continued.