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Saratoga families help amid baby formula shortage


Free formula and other baby items will be available every Sunday. (WRGB)
Free formula and other baby items will be available every Sunday. (WRGB)
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Being a parent to a baby or toddler is hard enough, add a nationwide shortage of baby formula to the mix, and that can make it more challenging.

That's why Christine Hernandez owner of Allo Saratoga, a family-based resource and support center started drop off events called “Free Stuff Sunday”.

“We have baby formula, diapers, gently used and new baby, kid items. People can either come bring stuff they no longer need or take things they do need,” said Hernandez. “You don’t have to give anything to take anything.”

Hernandez created the event after hearing from families about the growing need as the shortage continues.

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According to data obtained by CNN, currently, 45% of baby formula products nationwide were out of stock at some point for the week ending May 15.

“Allo’s mission is to support families in any way they need,” she says. “So, the obvious answer during a formula shortage was to open our space and allow people to come in.”

Sunday marked the first event and a few families picked things up and donated items. Karen Zenilman donated diapers her three-year-old daughter no longer needed.

"Those sorts of things like getting diapers and formula should just be a given; you shouldn’t have to feel bad about that,” she says. “You should be able to just drive to the store or in this case turn to the community because there are so many things you have to worry about. so, if we can take this one worry off people’s minds, all the better.”

The few families who did attend Sunday's event did not want to go on camera but did say having the support is extremely helpful.

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Allo is also in the process of getting needed certifications from the New York Department of Health and the New York Milk Bank to become the first milk drop off site in Saratoga County.

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