Rep. Blunt Rochester calls on USDA for online WIC benefits amid formula shortage
DELAWARE – Delaware Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester is calling on the USDA to do more to help families struggling to feed their babies amid an infant formula shortage. Specifically, she wants to help families who now need to buy that food online.
In a tweet, the Representative wrote, “People are looking everywhere they can right now for baby formula – including online. It makes no sense that WIC benefits can be used in brick & mortar stores but not online. That’s why I’m calling on USDA to open up WIC so benefits can be used online immediately.”
She posted a photo of a letter sent to the USDA secretary, Tom Vilsack, writing that while the agency is currently working on online benefits, she’s urging them to expedite the process amid the formula shortage. That, she said, will give families an expanded supply of formula that they can’t access or buy in physical stores.
Delaware health officials offered guidance to families struggling to find formula, you can find that guidance here.
Other Delaware lawmakers have called on suppliers and manufacturers to increase supply and distribution.