PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

7/29/2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 72922
Subject:
Long Beach Health Department to Begin Distribution of Infant Formula in Partnership with LA County
Contact:
Jennifer Rice Epstein
562.441.3590
Jennifer.RiceEpstein@longbeach.gov
Public Affairs Officer
Department of Health and Human Services




Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) announced today it has received 950 cans of infant formula from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The formula will be distributed to eligible families in Long Beach and surrounding LA County cities beginning Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

“We know many Long Beach families have felt the effects of this shortage,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We are working hard to get formula into the hands of families and provide some relief to our parents, caregivers and children.”

Infant formula will be available at four locations in Long Beach to support families with children up to 9 months of age who participate in a federal assistance program and have a need for food in the household.

Distributions for families will begin Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at the following sites: 

  • St. Mary’s Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) Office (1043 Elm Ave., #401)
    • Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Ron Arias Health Equity Center (6335 Myrtle Ave.)
    • Thursdays, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Silverado Park (1545 W 31st St.)
    • Fridays, 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Main Health Office (2525 Grand Ave.)
    • Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon

Each location will carry both Enfamil Infant Instant Formula Milk-based Powder with Iron and Similac Advance Powder Baby Formula. The Health Department will distribute formula throughout August, while supplies last.

The nation has been experiencing a significant infant formula shortage due to COVID-19 supply chain issues, compounded by a large-scale product recall of Abbott infant formula. The formula distribution sites are a part of the Health Department’s ongoing efforts to address the shortage, which has also included ongoing education and outreach in the community as well as active engagement with community partners.

For more information on formula updates and resources, visit longbeach.gov/formulaupdates or call the LB Resource Line at 562.570.4246.