Town opens new baby formula collection sites

After an outpouring of support at the Town’s weekly Baby Formula Collection Drives, the Town of Oyster Bay has announced the opening of daily formula collection sites in Massapequa and Oyster Bay. Residents are invited to drop off unexpired, unused baby formula at Town Hall North (54 Audrey Ave, Oyster Bay) and Town Hall South (977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa) from June 15th to July 15th, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00AM and 4:45PM. All donations will benefit families who are experiencing difficulty in finding formula as the nationwide storage continues.

Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino stated, “We’re proud to partner with local moms to collect unopened baby formula and safely distribute it to local families who can’t find these important products on the shelves at local stores. While the nationwide shortage has been dreadful for families of newborns, we’re very fortunate to have goodhearted community volunteers who stepped up to make a positive difference in the community.”

“The nationwide baby formula shortage is causing a crisis for many families throughout Long Island,” said Councilman Steve Labriola. “We all know that once little ones move onto food, families are often left with extra formula in their pantries. We ask that you open your hearts and cupboards by donating unexpired, unused formula for families facing shortages and empty store shelves.”

At the start of the pandemic, Massapequa resident Carmela Shimansky launched a Facebook page ‘One Parent to Another,’ to help mothers in need of baby formula and other childcare necessities. Working with neighbors and friends in the community, Carmela connected with local moms who had items they no longer needed and asked them to pay it forward by donating them to others. This network has grown to over 7,000 members, and the Town of Oyster Bay is proud to support these efforts.

“The goal here is really to help those families who can’t get to the stores, who can’t go from place to place trying to find what they need,” Ms. Shimansky said. “We hope to reach as many people as possible so that they can provide for their families.”

For more information on this and other upcoming events helping local families, visit Carmela’s page on Facebook, One Parent to Another, or www.oysterbaytown.com.

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