How the baby formula shortage affects Texas' low-income mothers

(Texas Tribune) — Each day, Ashley Beattie and her fiance spend hours driving around Bell County looking for baby formula to feed her eight-month-o...

May 14, 2022
3:24 PM

(Texas Tribune) — Each day, Ashley Beattie and her fiance spend hours driving around Bell County looking for baby formula to feed her eight-month-old son. First H-E-B, then Walmart, then Target. She searches until she can find something. On Tuesday, a friend alerted her that there were eight cans of Enfamil Gentlease at a nearby Sam's Club. The brand meant Beattie, one of nearly 200,000 Texas moms whose lower income qualifies her to have her formula purchases paid for through the Texas Women, Infant and Children or WIC, program, had to quickly calculate how much that would put her budget behind, yet again.

Jason Beeferman, Texas Tribune