The Infant Formula Initiative began in 2005 in response to the growing realization that some mothers of newborns in our community were not able to provide their baby with enough to eat. With assistance available through the Idaho Women, Infants & Children Program, it was presumed these infants were receiving enough nutrition to ensure proper growth and development. Unfortunately, this was not the case.
Thanks to the initial support from The Papoose Club, we are now able to identify mothers and children in need through our individual case management meetings and provide them with 3 cans of infant formula a month until the child reaches one year of age.
Providing nutrition to babies is critical because of the tragic implications of hunger in infancy. During this important developmental time, babies who do not receive adequate nutrition experience growth retardation, decreased resistance to infections and disease, impaired learning ability and increased mortality. As these children grow, the effects of early hunger can affect the community as a whole, at a cost much greater than that of prevention.
For more information on receiving formula for your infant through The Hunger Coalition, call 788-0121 for more information.