Do you need baby formula?
If you have a baby that is newborn to 1 year of age,
you are eligible for free emergency formula assistance.
We require appointments to ensure staff and client safety.
Please call us at (713) 428-2065 to set an appointment.
Step 1: Send us your documents via text 713-428-2065
First we need to collect some information about you and the baby BEFORE we can set up your appointment. All appointments are scheduled and we DO NOT allow walk-ins.
*Please note: We cannot guarantee same day appointments.
When you text us, please include the following:
Photo ID for baby's parent or caregiver
A document with your baby's full name and date of birth
Valid email address
Step 2: Wait for us to contact you to set your appointment.
During your phone call, we will enroll you in our program and schedule your appointment. This takes about 10-15 minutes.
*If it has been more than 2 days that you have submitted your documents and no one has reached out, please call us.
Step 3: Visit our office at your appointment time
Please show up on-time for your scheduled appointment. Make sure you have any additional paperwork that you may have been asked to bring with you. Please DO NOT visit our office without an appointment, we DO NOT accept walk-ins.
Forms we can use include...
...the "Verification of Birth Facts". This is usually in the hospital papers.
...WIC or Medicaid card or papers, only if it shows the baby's birthday.
...a Statement of Paternity
...a doctor's note for formula only if it has the baby's birthday
...other hospital papers that show the baby's date of birth
We cannot use...
...the Social Security Card or the WIC card. These do not have the baby's birthdate.
...the shot record because those are hand written.
*Does my baby's formula need a doctor's note?
NO if you are using these brands:
Milk-based: Similac Advance, Enfamil Infant, Enfamil Newborn
Soy formula: Similac Isomil, Enfamil ProSobee
Sensitive: Similac Sensitive, Enfamil Sensitive
Gentle: Similac Total Comfort, Enfamil Gentlease
YES if you are using these brands:
22 cal/oz: Similac Neosure, Enfamil Enfacare
Hypoallergenic: Similac Alimentum, Enfamil Nutramigen, Abbott Nutrition Elecare, Enfamil PurAmino, Enfamil Nutramigen AA, Nutricia Neocate
L.I.F.E. Houston's Food for Babies program provides
free emergency formula assistance
We have various formulas in stock. These include:
Milk-based formula (HEB Advantage, the generic version of Similac Advance and HEB Premium, the generic version of Enfamil Infant)
Soy-based formula (HEB Soy, a generic soy formula)
Lactose-free formula (HEB Sensitivity, a generic version of Similac Sensitive)
Milk-based formula with partially-broken down protein (HEB Gentle, similar to Enfamil Gentlease and Similac Total Comfort for Discomfort)
Formula for medical needs **needs a Dr's note (Similac for Spit-up, Similac Alimentum, Similac Neosure, Similac Elecare, Enfamil Nutramigen, Enfamil Enfacare, Nutricia Neocate)
*We can also provide baby cereal and jarred baby foods when these items are in stock.
Additional Support & Outreach
Along with baby formula, clients receive information and referrals in both
English and Spanish. We share information about:
- Proper infant nutrition
- Formula preparation and use
- Applying for WIC
We also provide referrals for other community resources and we have information about various government programs. Click here to learn more about additional support and outreach
Please call 2-1-1 if you have questions about other needs (legal, housing, other food, medical).