No child should ever go hungry in the richest nation in the world. And yet in recent days, panicked parents and caretakers who rely on infant formula for their loved ones’ health and nutritional needs are contending with the skyrocketing prices of baby formula and a severe shortage in grocery stores.
Nationwide, 43 percent of baby formula products are out of stock, a massive increase from an average of 2 percent to 8 percent typically. Formula was already too expensive for many families, costing up to $1,500 in one year alone. Shortages and other pandemic-related challenges have raised the price of formula, along with other necessities. The formula crisis sheds light on just how inequitable our food system is, leaving millions of the most vulnerable populations without access to affordable food.
The above excerpt was originally published in InsideSources.
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