Baby formula shortage costing parents: ‘It’s a desperate situation for many families’

Ashlyn Hensley was getting desperate.

In March, after scanning the aisles at the local Publix, Walmart, Wynn Dixie and six other stores for baby formula for her son Jaxon, she returned home empty handed. Online stores had also run dry. 

Jaxon’s allergies make him reliant on a specific formula, and it continues to be difficult for Hensley to get her hands on it. The WIC program – short for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children – helps cover costs for the specialty formula, but can’t make more product appear out of thin air.  

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