At 10:30 p.m. one February night, Amy Hammen took off for Storm Lake after reading a news story on Facebook — her infant son’s formula was being recalled. It was late and a 20-mile drive. “Living in kind of a more rural area, there’s not a lot of places,” said Hammen, whose family lives and farms near Fonda. “My husband was kind of like, ‘Why are you going to Storm Lake at 10:30 at night?’ I was like, ‘’Cause I don’t know what the shelves are going to look like tomorrow morning, and I don’t want to be scouring the county for formula to feed him.’”
When Hammen reached the Walmart in Storm Lake, there was only one canister of her son’s formula, Similac Pro-Advance. Like Hammen, some Iowa parents and caregivers are still scrambling to find safe milk for their babies.