BABY FORMULA SHORTAGE: Parker Church Food Bank Distributes Thousands of Cans
PARKER, Colo. (KDVR) – Volunteers at the Grace Baptist Church Food Bank in Parker spent their Saturday handing out diapers, wipes and, most importantly, formula to everyone who passed by.
“These moms are pointing out that they’re wondering what they’re going to do with those bare shelves,” said Robert Nelson, a food bank volunteer.
Nelson and his wife Judy started the ‘Diaper Difference’ during the pandemic when finances were tough.
“I’ve seen moms choosing between food and diapers and thought I might get diapers together,” he said.
But at their event on Saturday, he said the formula was the star product for families.
“We had cars stopping, moms stopping at the start of our line here and they just started crying,” Judy said.
The Nelsons are parents to three daughters, all of whom are now adults. They said they couldn’t even imagine what mothers of babies and children are going through right now trying to find formula.
“I sit and think what if it was me? How stressed would I be looking for that formula?” Judy says.
She spent the majority of Friday organizing the whole formula and unpacking it from the boxes in the parking lot outside the church. She said it was stored there and some of the donations even came from businesses in the Parker area.
“The thing is, we felt we had it here, we have to get it out,” Judy said.
The volunteers told FOX31 and Channel 2 that they gave out thousands of cans.
“There was a family driving up from Bennett looking for an all day soy formula. Luckily we had soy formula that we were able to fill their truck with,” Robert said.
Judy said many families said cost was not an issue when they switched. Many of them even donated money for future food drives, but just felt relieved to find baby food.
“We reached out to them and asked if they needed diapers as well. They were like ‘oh no, the problem is not that we can’t afford it, the problem is that we can’t find it,’ Judy said.
The church still has a few cans. They are having a regular food drive this coming Friday.
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