Free Baby Formula Available for Delawareans

The State of Delaware has partnered with Donate Delaware to purchase 40,000 canisters of infant formula. This shipment of FDA-approved Care infant formula canisters will increase the supply in our state and help ease the burden on Delaware families having trouble locating formula due to the shortage.

What is Care Infant Formula?

Baby Formula Can

Care Infant Formula is very similar to Similac. A full list of ingredients are below:

Similac Advance Powder ingredients:
Nonfat Milk, Lactose, High Oleic Safflower Oil, Whey Protein Concentrate, Soy Oil, Coconut Oil. Less than 2% of: C. Cohnii Oil, M. Alpina Oil, Short-chain Fructooligosaccharides, Beta-Carotene, Lutein, Potassium Citrate, Calcium Carbonate, Ascorbic Acid, Soy Lecithin, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, Choline Bitartrate, Choline Chloride, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Salt, Taurine, Inositol, Zinc Sulfate, Mixed Tocopherols, d-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, L- Carnitine, Vitamin A Palmitate, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Manganese Sulfate, Phylloquinone, Biotin, Sodium Selenate, Vitamin D3, Vitamin B12, Calcium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate, Potassium Iodide, Potassium Hydroxide, and Nucleotides (Adenosine 5’-Monophosphate, Cytidine 5’-Monophosphate, Disodium Guanosine 5’- Monophosphate, Disodium Uridine 5’-Monophosphate).Contains: milk and soy ingredients

Care A2+ Ingredients: Grass-Fed A2 Nonfat Milk°, Lactose, Vegetable Oils (Coconut, Sunflower, High Oleic Sunflower, Canola), Whey Protein Concentrate, Alpha-Lactalbumin Whey Protein Concentrate, Fructooligosaccharides*, Less Than 2%: Lactoferrin°°, Galactooligosaccharides, Mortierella Alpina Oil†, Schizochytrium Oil‡, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Lecithin, Salt, Potassium Citrate, Choline Bitartrate, Magnesium Sulfate, Inositol, Taurine, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin, Nucleotides (Disodium Guanosine-5 Monophosphate, Disodium Uridine-5 Monophosphate, Adenosine-5 Monophosphate Free Acid, Cytidine-5 Monophosphate Free Acid, Disodium Inosine-5 Monophosphate), Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, L-Carnitine, Vitamin A Acetate, Niacinamide, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin D3, Vitamin B12, Copper Sulphate, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Manganese Sulphate, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Lutein, Vitamin K1, Sodium Selenite. Contains: Milk and Soy

How long will one canister last my baby?

Health experts expect that one 28.2-ounce canister of Care Infant formula will last a few weeks depending on the child’s age. It’s important that you do not water down formula.

One 28.2oz canister will provide around 21.5 eight-fluid ounce bottles. The average can of formula contains around 12.5oz, the canisters that will be distributed are 28.2oz.

It’s critical you follow the directions on the label for your child. If you have questions about formula use, please contact your pediatrician.

Can I get my formula delivered?

No, it is only available for pick up at participating locations.

Do I need to live in one of the high-needs areas to be eligible for free formula??

No. All Delaware residents with infants up to 12 months old may pick up 28-ounce Care Infant Formula canisters at a distribution location.

Is this operation connected with the Biden Administration’s Operation Fly Formula?

This shipment of Care Infant Formula is a state-run initiative, separate from Operation Fly Formula, but aligns with the safety protocols and practices of the federal initiative. The State of Delaware has been working closely with the Biden Administration on the infant formula shortage.

Will there be an additional shipment of formula?

There is only slated to be one shipment of formula. The State of Delaware has partnered with Donate Delaware to purchase nearly 40,000 canisters of infant formula. This shipment of FDA-approved Care Infant formula will increase the supply in our state and help ease the burden on Delaware families having trouble locating formula due to the shortage.

How were the distribution locations selected?

Canisters of Care Infant formula will be distributed to high-needs areas throughout Delaware. These areas were identified using data from the Division of Public Health’s (DPH) Healthy Women, Healthy Babies program. Through it, DPH has identified communities with high-risk indicators such as high infant mortality, high premature birth rates and others that affect a women’s health and birth outcomes in Delaware. The Food Bank, Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, and other community organizations are partnering with the State to serve as points of distribution to these communities. This formula will be provided at no charge to Delaware families.

Is the formula in this shipment safe for my baby?

Yes. Care Infant Formula is FDA approved, therefore, parents can be assured it meets the same federal requirements for safety that U.S.-produced formula does. FDA has developed a specific website to guide parents and caregivers on new infant formula products reviewed by the FDA and tips for preparing imported formula. View the FDA’s Infant Formula Supply website.

Where did the formula come from? How did it get here?

The State of Delaware worked with Donate Delaware to order and pay for the 40,000 canisters of FDA-approved Care Infant Formula. The formula was flown to Delaware from a manufacturing plant in Australia.