A group in Long Island gave away baby formula for free on Tuesday, May 17, as a shortage left supermarket shelves sparse across the country.
Video streamed live by Angels of Long Island shows packages of formula ready to be picked up in Patchogue on Tuesday morning. The nonprofit organization, whose mission reads “Neighbors helping neighbors,” was offering one free formula package per family.
On Monday, the FDA and Abbott Laboratories reached an agreement to reopen a shuttered Abbott facility and resume production of baby formula to ease the shortage. The Sturgis, Michigan, factory was shut down in February after an investigation into the deaths of two infants led to the discovery of cronobacter, a deadly bacteria, in the formula plant.
The agreement said production would resume “within two weeks,” which would translate to formula on the shelves in “six to eight weeks.” Credit: Angels of Long Island via Storyful