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Title: best way to give away baby formula?
Post by: Slartibartfast on December 01, 2012, 08:01:49 PM
Bittybartfast decided she doesn't like formula anymore, so I've got several tubs of infant formula.  (Silly me, I though stocking up when it was on a really good sale was a smart thing!  ::))  Anyway, two of the tubs are opened and have a little bit used.  I tried listing the whole lot on Freecycle, but apparently it counts as a food item and I can't post it there.  Craigslist also has rules against posting opened food items.  Any suggestions for how I could go about giving this formula to someone who would use it?  I totally understand it being a bit weird to get an opened tub of anything from a stranger, but this is $70 or so worth of formula powder (plus the unopened tubs) and I hate to just throw it out!  Short of just walking into the nearest church office and saying "here, give this to someone," I'm drawing a blank  :-\
Title: Re: best way to give away baby formula?
Post by: guihong on December 01, 2012, 08:23:17 PM
Unfortunately, I think the opened ones are done for :(.  Is it powdered, or actual formula already made up?

I would try battered women's shelters (the police department will know where they are and how to donate).
Title: Re: best way to give away baby formula?
Post by: Maggie on December 01, 2012, 08:29:18 PM
I would offer the unopened cans on Craigslist and then when someone asked about it I would tell them there are two that have been opened that are available too.  If they want it they can have it and if they don't (which is understandable) I would probably just toss it.
Title: Re: best way to give away baby formula?
Post by: PastryGoddess on December 01, 2012, 08:40:47 PM
Try the Catholic Charities of your local state.  I work with My sisters Place here in Baltimore and they will accept those types of items
Title: Re: best way to give away baby formula?
Post by: doodlemor on December 01, 2012, 09:21:59 PM
Maybe you could get a word of mouth thing going with your friends.  Perhaps a friend of a friend of a friend to the nth degree who needs this stuff will hear about it.
Title: Re: best way to give away baby formula?
Post by: NyaChan on December 01, 2012, 09:31:12 PM
Honestly, I would toss the opened ones.  Just imagine the trouble if a baby got sick after using it (even if you know it is unrelated). Plus, I can see why people would be hesitant to feed their baby from an already opened tin.  Why tempt fate?
Title: Re: best way to give away baby formula?
Post by: gramma dishes on December 01, 2012, 09:35:07 PM
Maybe you could get a word of mouth thing going with your friends.  Perhaps a friend of a friend of a friend to the nth degree who needs this stuff will hear about it.

Are you part of a Mother's Group?  Since people stop bfing at different times and switch to formula, it may be that someone in your group would really appreciate the extra formula and since they know you personally might even be happy to have the opened containers.

If not, I'd go with Guihong's suggestion and see if battered women's shelters (or a similar charity type group as suggested by PastryGoddess) might be able to use them. 
Title: Re: best way to give away baby formula?
Post by: Rohanna on December 01, 2012, 09:50:00 PM
Can you mix the open formula into baby cereal, if she is on solids?
Title: Re: best way to give away baby formula?
Post by: Kaypeep on December 01, 2012, 10:15:46 PM
I'd give up on trying to find someplace to take it.  Seriously.  Who is going to take any opened food product and feed it to their baby?  It's simply not going to happen.  The only luck you might have is a friend who knows and trusts you.  But honestly I'd take the loss and just trash it instead of jumping through hoops to find strangers to take it.  It's not worth the risk.
Title: Re: best way to give away baby formula?
Post by: Arrynne on December 02, 2012, 12:51:51 AM
You can't sell it on Craigslist either. I've had a listing pulled. I ended up donating to my home health vendor as it was specialty formula, but I've donated to women's shelters and the homeless shelter before.
Title: Re: best way to give away baby formula?
Post by: kckgirl on December 02, 2012, 08:23:29 AM
Can you mix the open formula into baby cereal, if she is on solids?

This sounds like a good idea.
Title: Re: best way to give away baby formula?
Post by: Slartibartfast on December 02, 2012, 09:30:31 AM
Can you mix the open formula into baby cereal, if she is on solids?

This sounds like a good idea.

Tried that - she won't take it either  :-\  I think I'm going to go with offering the unopened stuff and just privately asking whoever comes to pick it up if they want the opened cans too.  If not, I guess I'll have to toss them.
Title: Re: best way to give away baby formula?
Post by: MommyPenguin on December 02, 2012, 09:41:25 AM
Too bad you don't live near me, I'd totally take it.  :)  Although somehow I doubt I'd be able to use it all before it expired.  But yeah, I agree with the others, I'd focus on finding somebody for the unopened containers, and then ask them in passing if they'd be interested in the opened containers as well.  If not, then just toss it, painful as it may be.
Title: Re: best way to give away baby formula?
Post by: RebeccainGA on December 03, 2012, 09:38:25 AM
We've had the same dilemma with expensive, extremely specialized medical supplies. I hope you come  up with a good solution - I need to find one for the stuff I have!
Title: Re: best way to give away baby formula?
Post by: Rohanna on December 03, 2012, 09:42:34 AM
I had that problem with medication. I got a needlestick at work (everything turned out fine, that heavens!), but the pharmacy accidentally doubled my script. If you're paying for antivirals out of pocket I know they are *expensive*. I finally ended up having to drive across the border to find a charity group that would take them, since there weren't any medication donation groups in my town- but I couldn't bring myself to toss out almost a thousand dollars in medication.
Title: Re: best way to give away baby formula?
Post by: Lovemykids on December 03, 2012, 01:27:51 PM
If she goes to a daycare, maybe post a note on their bulletin board to let other parents know you have it?  Or, your local mom's group.  My neighborhood has a very well-developed parents' group with its own Facebook page, etc., and we all know each other well enough that if someone posted the cans on the page, another parent would feel comfortable taking it . . .
Title: Re: best way to give away baby formula?
Post by: Lynnv on December 03, 2012, 02:11:40 PM
If you attend church anywhere, you might try asking if they could post it in the bulletin or posting in in the Sunday School or nursery (depending on where they take little ones). 

Our church posted some rather expensive special diet dog food in the bulletin for some folks, and it got snapped up by someone who had a dog with the same condition, even though one bag was opened.  The owners knew each other well enough to trust that it wasn't tampered with.  But the original owners just had to find a way to find out who they knew that would be able to use the stuff. 

I think you are in the same position-if you could figure out who you know who could use it, you could give it away.  It is just a matter of finding that contact point.
Title: Re: best way to give away baby formula?
Post by: Slartibartfast on December 03, 2012, 04:14:09 PM
Well as it turns out, I had someone from Freecycle come to pick up something else yesterday.  I asked if by chance she knew someone who would want some infant formula and she said she'd love to pass it on to her sister who just had twins (yikes!) and had just found out she's not producing enough to breastfeed both.  When I got all the formula together it ended up being 3 unopened tubs, 2 slightly opened ones, and about a dozen cans of ready-mixed liquid.  So much for saving money, but I'm glad it's going to get used!  I told her if her sister was uncomfortable with the two that were opened that's fine, but the rest were still sealed so hopefully she'll get some use out of them.
Title: Re: best way to give away baby formula?
Post by: jpcher on December 03, 2012, 05:58:53 PM
Well as it turns out, I had someone from Freecycle come to pick up something else yesterday.  I asked if by chance she knew someone who would want some infant formula and she said she'd love to pass it on to her sister who just had twins (yikes!) and had just found out she's not producing enough to breastfeed both.  When I got all the formula together it ended up being 3 unopened tubs, 2 slightly opened ones, and about a dozen cans of ready-mixed liquid.  So much for saving money, but I'm glad it's going to get used!  I told her if her sister was uncomfortable with the two that were opened that's fine, but the rest were still sealed so hopefully she'll get some use out of them.

Happy sigh!

I'm so glad you found someone that could use (needs!) the formula.
Title: Re: best way to give away baby formula?
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on December 03, 2012, 06:55:33 PM
Our town has a homeless shelter that's run by my church, and they also sponsor a local elementary school where most of the students are from families below the poverty level.  If you know of anything like that near you, the formula (the unused ones anyway) would be appreciated at shelters of any sort, or for families with children in need.