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Food Bank Pleads For Baby Formula Donations

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by Todd Walker

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Second Harvest Food Bank said fears about the government shutdown has caused a run on baby formula, and the charity is now completely out.

On a typical day, Second Harvest spokesperson Tasha Kennard said the food bank receives two or three calls a day inquiring about baby formula.

Between Friday and Monday Kennard said their front desk took more than 100 calls.

The reason, she said are apparent fears over the government shutdown, and its potential impact on assistance programs like WIC.

"The calls are emergency calls," Kennard said. "They are concerned about right now and what they are going to do for today and tomorrow for their family's needs. We don't feel like people are trying to stockpile formula."

WIC is administered through the Tennessee Department of Health. Spokesman Brian Todd said there is currently no cause for concern and the voucher system is working as normal.

Todd said the program is funded through October. If the government shutdown continues longer than October there could be issues.

The formula Second Harvest specifically requests is Gerber/Nestle Good Start and Good Start Soy.

Donations can be taken to Second Harvest's location at 331 Great Circle Road, Nashville, TN 37228.

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