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State launches webpage to connect families to resources in times of formula shortage

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 shortage of infant formula, the 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. It also authorized the Department of Defense to use commercial aircraft to transport formula supplies overseas that meet federal standards in the United States.

In Tuesday’s press release, the CDPHE said hospitals in Colorado received formula deliveries over the weekend. However, in a statement on Wednesday, the department retracted that statement, saying the formula is distributed to states, but the CDPHE cannot confirm that Colorado received it.

“We are committed to helping families access healthy, nutritious food,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, CEO of CDPHE. “We want all Coloradans to know that during this stressful and difficult shortage, several state agencies are working to make all resources available and to ensure that every family in need can get the information and assistance they need. 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 breast milk from Mother’s Milk Bank, according to the 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 in COWIC-authorized options. Families are also temporarily allowed to purchase larger containers.