SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) — The Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery in Springfield has felt the pressure of an infant formula shortage.
Leaders of the nonprofit organization said they were seeing an increase in demand as the product was hard to find on store shelves. The Crisis Nursery offers a monthly supply of diapers, wipes and formula for families in need. New families, who had never needed this help before, are coming through their doors.
“We’ve seen a lot of families visiting our basic pantry – during covid – that we wouldn’t normally see. We continue to see this increase in calls for formula, diapers and wipes. However, we have seen a significant decrease in the number of infant formula donations we have received over the past 6 months likely,” Jennifer McMillin, executive director of Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery, told WAND News.
McMillin said the grants help cover the cost of buying more formula. However, the non-profit organization has not bought in bulk from local stores, to ensure there is a supply for families in town. Anyone with an additional formula at home is encouraged to donate.
Crisis Nursery also offers 24/7 emergency child care. You can learn more about their services and how to donate here.