Two Montgomery County high school students try to help local parents struggling to find formula amid a national shortage.
Two high school students from Montgomery County, Maryland, try to help local parents struggling to find formula amid a national shortage.
Clarksburg High School graduate Adam Lederer caught the attention of local lawmakers for an online vaccination appointment tracker he and Nicholas Fettig created earlier in the pandemic.
He told WTOP that when Maryland Del. Lesley Lopez reached out to him about developing something similar for hard-to-find infant formula, he brought in Matthew Nanas, a friend he met in a programming class at Argyle Middle School in Silver Spring.
Their infant formula tracker, wcformula.com, launched this week.
“We have two different types of trackers on the website,” Adam said. “The first is the community map or the crowdsourcing map. People all over the DMV are taking pictures of formula stock in store and posting them on our website so other people can see that there is formula stock in store at that store. And it’s all listed on this huge map on the website.
The second tracker automatically checks stock at area big box stores.
“There is a small entrance where people can type in their postal code. It pulls all the data from Target, Bye Bye Baby, Bed Bath and Beyond and it takes all the stock data from the different brands of baby formula and reports it into a centralized database of all stock,” Adam said. .
Nanas, who just graduated from Wheaton High School, said it was a way to give back to the community that raised him.
“Our main goal is just to be able to help these parents meet the nutritional needs of their babies,” Nanes said.
The website is only a few days old, but so far it has had at least 1,000 visitors. They hope people will share the link widely and continue to post information about infant formula available locally so that more families can be helped.
Nanes will be heading to the University of Maryland in the fall where he will study computer science. Lederer will attend Montgomery College.
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