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Like many other parents of young children across America right now, mum Sarah Owens of Florence County, South Carolina is concerned about whether she will have enough baby formula to feed her six-month-old daughter, Naomi Reese.
Given the current lack of formula in many parts of the country, Owens is also concerned about other parents and families in the same predicament – and is upset about the situation in general.
“My experience with formula deficiencies has become a daily concern.”
Owens said she did not think she would have to struggle to provide enough food for her child.
“Feeling your heart racing as you see the bottom of the formula could be wondering if you’ll be able to find more” is the worst, she told Fox News Digital this week via email.
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“My experience with formula deficiencies has become a daily concern rather than a weekly one,” she also said. “I had to start searching almost every day [out of] I’m afraid I’ll miss a store that’s restocking. It went from worry to fear.”
Owens told Fox News Digital on Friday, “Just in the past two weeks … I’ve had family members check stores in other states. They send me pictures of empty shelves.”
“There are pallets of formula milk on our southern border – but our kids don’t have any.”
She added, “Initially, if I can’t find the formula in my area, usually one of my relatives finds it where they live. Only in the past 24-48 hours has the whole experience become even more frustrating, due to media knowledge that there are platforms from Formula milk is on our southern border – and yet our kids don’t have any.”
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A few weeks ago, a South Carolina mom was so frustrated with the lack of infant formula for America’s children that she took to social media to vent — and her April 25 post went viral. To date, it has more than 180,000 shares and 34,000 reactions.
Owens wrote, in part, “It broke my heart into 100 pieces on the formula aisle at Walmart today.”
“I saw a frantic and almost agitated dad on a trot heading toward the kids’ area, which is where I’ve been going as well,” she added.
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“We ended up looking at the empty fixture shelves and he started crying with tears streaming down his face. I asked what formula he was looking for and he said he drove all the way from the beach after going to all the Walmarts & Targets stores out there and they saw that a Florence Walmart he had formula, but it didn’t.”
to see someone cry & [saying] They don’t know what they’re going to do is very heartbreaking and shouldn’t happen in America.”
“I helped him look and he kept saying, ‘I don’t know what to do, this is the only formula she can tolerate and has to have high calories. As tears streamed down his face, he said, “I never imagined I would cry because I couldn’t find what my child should have!”
Owens also wrote, “I have struggled with other parents to find formulas for my baby, but to see someone cry & [saying] They don’t know what they’re going to do is very heartbreaking and shouldn’t happen in America.”
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She added, “If our media can cover the toilet paper shortage, they can cover it!…Parents, we need to flood schedules and mailboxes with this issue so it gets highlighted and made as big as the toilet paper shortage in 2020!” [the] Political party or what, our kids matter more! “
Here is her message:
Other people were responding to her initial post, sharing their frustration and annoyance.
One person wrote, “This is so sad. Praying for this crisis doesn’t last. Praying for all moms and dads in the same place.”
“Very sad. I wish someone would do something about it so quickly.”
Another wrote: “Only in New America can you not feed your hungry children.”
Another wrote, “The fixture racks were low here in Kentucky as well. It checked. So sad. Hope someone can do something about it so fast.”
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Someone else simply said, “This really scares me!”
There is no single word that sums up the frantic feeling of scrambling to find food for a baby, Owens said.
The new mom said she reached out to family members in other states, spent hours searching online, and waited in her car in a store parking lot for a delivery truck to arrive in hopes of finding what she needed.
“Ultimately, it will require the American people to come together to help each other until the supply problem settles,” she said.
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As Fox News and FOX Business reported, the current shortage started earlier this year due to supply chain problems but was then compounded by the closure of the formula plant in Sturgis, Michigan.
In a press release Friday, Abbott Nutrition said that since closing its Sturgis, Michigan facility in February, the company has “shipped millions of cans of infant formula powder to the United States” from US Food and Drug AdministrationFactory registered in Cothill, Ireland.
Abbott closed its factory in Sturgis and issued Summons on certain formats Amid an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration following complaints that four children who ingested the purported formula at the factory developed a bacterial infection. Two of these children died.
“We are spending billions of dollars in other countries and sending thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in formula to our southern border!”
Sarah Owens, for her part, is trying to help others like her who are looking for formula. She is involved in coordinating donation deliveries in the local areas of her town.
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She hopes the local community can meet and help other families in need.
Owens posted this additional note on Facebook recently: “The shortage of infant formula runs much deeper than ‘we don’t have alternative milk.'” Congresswoman Kat Kamack [of Florida] This is evidenced by tweeting a picture of the cases of the formula on the southern border.
This is the tweet she referenced:
“Imagine how many taxpayers or children of American citizens would be fed,” Owens added. “We are spending billions of dollars in other countries and sending thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in formula to our southern border!”
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She further said, “We can’t help others while our people are starving!”
Owens finished off these two hashtags: #feedourbabies and #fightforkids.
Brick Dumas and Daniela Genovese of FOX Business contributed to this article.