The start of the COVID-19 pandemic led to grocery shortages as well as schools and restaurants closing. Texans realized that the availability of food cannot be taken for granted.
Baby Formula Shortage
One of the largest U.S. manufacturers of baby formula, Abbott Nutrition, shut down production at a plant in Michigan due to bacterial contamination. They are set to re-open the first week in June.
The federal government invoked the Defense Production Act to boost production and are beginning to fly-on formula from overseas.
The best thing you can do is reach out to your pediatricians. These doctors know the local landscape and will aid you in making the proper choices regarding your children’s feeding.
Additionally, the WIC Program has nutritionists that can aid in identifying a formula that suits a child’s needs. They can also tell callers where to find that formula. To find a WIC office near you, visit https://find.texaswic.org/?wicType=Clinic&lge=a8Jwz9Jlia
The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley
The Food Bank RGV is committed to improving lives through food assistance, nutrition education, and access to community services.
The Food Bank RGV is located at 724 N. Cage Blvd. Pharr, TX 78577.
The Drive Thru Emergency Pantry (DTEP) at the Food Bank RGV should be used when there is no food in the home or on an emergency basis. You can only use the pantry once within a 30 day period.
- You must wear a face covering.
- Bring your I.D. and proof of address.
- Vehicle trunk must be empty. Food will not be placed in the front or back seat of the vehicle.
- Maximum of 2 people in the car/ 2 families max per car. All occupants must wear a face covering.
For a list of upcoming Food Bank RGV Distributions, visit https://foodbankrgv.com/our-programs/emergency-food/