Gov. Bill Lee and the Tennessee Department of Health included a list of resources for families affected by the nationwide formula shortage in a news release shared May 19.

“As parents across the country face empty shelves at the grocery store, we’re reminded just how important a stable supply chain is for Tennessee families,” Lee said in the news release. “We thank grocers and retailers for doing their part as we pull every lever to give Tennesseans in crisis the resources they need—but ultimately, it’s time for the federal government to do all they can to deregulate, ease restrictions and get formula back on the shelves.”

Listed below are resources that may help families affected by the formula shortage.




  • Read guidance about formula substitution and warnings about altering formula here.

  • Call the local food bank to ask if they have infant formula in stock here.

  • Check a formula’s lot code to see if it was affected by the recall here.

  • Find a list of formula substitutions here.

  • Families who qualify for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children can find additional resources here.



For those looking to donate breast milk, Mothers’ Milk Bank of Tennessee—a nonprofit organization that provides donor milk to at-risk babies in the neonatal intensive care unit—is accepting donations from nursing mothers. To donate or learn more, visit www.milkbanktn.org

“It’s our top priority to ensure the health and well-being of all Tennessee children,” TDH Commissioner Lisa Piercey said in the news release. “We encourage families impacted by the formula shortage to use Tennessee Department of Health guidance to make informed decisions as we continue to seek solutions for this crisis.”