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The national formula shortage has hit a tipping point and the time to speak up is now. Our Co-Founder, Laura Modi, is rallying together the voices of parents and taking those sentiments straight to congress!
Bobbie and the formula crisis
Bobbie is a formula company, but more than that, we are a team of moms who have been there and still are. We’re outraged just like you. This is why we created Hungry for Change, to create advocacy for the 83% of infants who consume formula during their first year of life. This is why we set up a vent line, 1-805-2-LISTEN. We asked for you, parents, to speak out about the changes we need so that we could represent you to congress.
What are parents telling us?
Here are just a few of the frustrations we’ve heard:
It shouldn’t be that one factory closes down and we’re all doomed. I think Congress and everybody needs to get their sh*t together!Jessica, mom to an 11 month old
I’m frustrated that all the moms in the trenches need to figure this out for ourselves! I hope this crisis fuels change to support mothers, fathers and most of all— children!Chelsea, mom to an 8 month old
This is the best country in the entire world, but we have baby’s dying, hospitalized daily because they can’t eat. That is unacceptable! It doesn’t matter what party you are in, it doesn’t matter how you vote, it doesn’t matter how you feel. Do what needs to be done to get formula here to feed our babies!Nicole, mom to a newborn
They raised the price of my daughter’s formula by $4.50 in one week!Brianna, mom to a newborn
Our letter to congress
The infant formula shortage has highlighted many cracks in the marketplace that must be addressed in order to prevent another crisis in the future. The American people want and deserve the best nutrition for their babies in terms of safety, quality, supply and options. We can do better by our babies.
-Laura Modi, Bobbie CEO and Co-Founder.
Here are the 7 changes Modi proposed in her full letter to congress :
Increase FDA funding to enhance infant formula notification approvals
Diversity manufacturing for new and existing players
Increase access and options for those on WIC
Update nutritional standards for infant formula
Incentivize specific nutritional needs for infants
Establish heavy metal limits
Insurance support for those who can’t breastfeed
We launched Hungry for Change to advocate for our babies and for the changes we need. Call our vent line at 1-805-2-LISTEN to share your emotions, voice concerns, or leave hopeful messages for parents. Keep up with our State of The Shelves on Instagram to get daily updates.