Facebook group connects parents and caregivers to formula

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Local mom Heather Chesnutt of Berkley may have stumbled upon something. She created a Facebook group called Search for formulas in the Detroit area, which helps those in need know which stores have formula in stock.

“It took off — I see it continuing to grow,” Chesnutt said of the group, which now has over 850 members. “It’s not easy getting a newborn baby in a car and going to six different stores and ending up empty-handed.”

Chesnutt came up with the idea of Detroit Area Vaccine Huntersa popular Facebook group that started last year growing to over 17,000 members.

Chesnutt contacted the administrators, who were on board for a new challenge.

“It was a cold call,” said Katie Monaghan, who started the Detroit Area Vaccine Hunters Facebook group. “She just reached out and said, ‘Hey, I have this idea.

Monaghan and others have helped use their page’s template to help get formula seekers started.

“If you need a formula and post your need, we’ll connect you to resources pretty quickly,” Monaghan said. “We learned a lot with the vaccines page, like how to structure the page and find people in need.”

Chesnutt says they’ve had many success stories before, including one this week when Reese Schwartz of Roseville helped find a mother in need.

Schwartz, who is not looking for a formula, was shopping at Meijer in Roseville when she took a photo of the aisle and posted it to the group. Someone from Ypsilanti commented on her post saying she needs one of the formula brands, they only have one left in stock.

So Schwartz bought it, drove to Famrington Hills to meet the person halfway.

“It probably looked like the sleaziest thing ever. I just handed her a bag out the window with formula and she took it to the mother in need in Ypsilanti,” Schwartz said. “I really hope someone would have done this for me if the tables were turned and my kids were still taking formula.

The admins say anyone can join in and help out by posting a photo of the formula aisle every time you visit your local grocery store.

You can join the group on Detroit Area Formula Finder Facebook Page.

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