SWAMPSCOTT, MASS. (WHDH) – The nationwide food shortage is making it difficult for parents to care for their young children.
Even after Abbott and the FDA reached an agreement Monday afternoon, it could still be six to eight weeks before the formula hits shelves. Meanwhile, a local mother goes out of her way to help parents care for their children.
Keiko Zoll started things off Free formula exchange to connect needy parents with those who have extra formula on hand.
“I was so overcome with emotion because I was that mom,” she explained.
Setup is easy:
“If you need formula, there’s a big button — a big section that says ‘I need formula,'” Zoll said. “If you have a formula to donate or share, you can click ‘I have a formula’.”
The Swampscott mother said she came up with the idea for the website after seeing how the current baby food shortage is affecting families.
“I heard stories of women paying hundreds of dollars for a single can of formula on eBay. It just didn’t suit me,” said Zoll.
Zoll said it was difficult to find a formula for her premature son a few years ago and there wasn’t even a shortage at the time.
“This was in a time of plenty. And now we’re in a time of national scarcity here,” she said. “I can’t imagine what it’s like — what it would be like to be the mom I was nine years ago today.”
So far, Zoll says the exchange is going well, but she hopes the site will soon become obsolete.
“I think one of the long-term goals I have for this site is that this site doesn’t exist in the long run and that the shortage is over,” she said.
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