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Meghan Farrar holds her four-year-old son Bentley as he gazes out the window while formula is being administered through his gastrostomy tube at their home in Lynchburg, Va. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. 


Bentley was born with CHARGE syndrome, a disorder that affects many areas of the body including causing heart defects, airway abnormalities, feeding issues and obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as sensory and balance issues and loss of hearing.

Five times a day, Bentley takes a 250 mL container of Compleat Pediatric formula through his g-tube. Meghan receives a set shipment of the formula every month, and this month the box did not arrive. The formula cannot be bought in stores and Bentley's supply quickly started to run out.

Baby formula has been in short supply recently, triggered by a safety-related closure of the country’s largest formula manufacturing plant, the Abbott Nutrition facility in Michigan. Meghan’s church was able to help find a small emergency supply of the formula and some infant/toddler formula, but that formula will eventually make Bentley sick.

“Now I’m in panic mode,” Meghan said. “I’m really stressed too and I’m very scared. This is definitely real.”

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Meghan Farrar holds her four-year-old son Bentley as he gazes out the window while formula is being administered through his gastrostomy tube at their home in Lynchburg, Va. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. 


Bentley was born with CHARGE syndrome, a disorder that affects many areas of the body including causing heart defects, airway abnormalities, feeding issues and obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as sensory and balance issues and loss of hearing.

Five times a day, Bentley takes a 250 mL container of Compleat Pediatric formula through his g-tube. Meghan receives a set shipment of the formula every month, and this month the box did not arrive. The formula cannot be bought in stores and Bentley's supply quickly started to run out.

Baby formula has been in short supply recently, triggered by a safety-related closure of the country’s largest formula manufacturing plant, the Abbott Nutrition facility in Michigan. Meghan’s church was able to help find a small emergency supply of the formula and some infant/toddler formula, but that formula will eventually make Bentley sick.

“Now I’m in panic mode,” Meghan said. “I’m really stressed too and I’m very scared. This is definitely real.”

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A student works on their project during the Central Virginia Welding Wars at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, Va. on Friday, April 29, 2022.

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A student works on their project during the Central Virginia Welding Wars at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, Va. on Friday, April 29, 2022.

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Battalion Chief Mike Reeves commands crews with the Lynchburg Fire Department as they battle a fire that broke out at The Cottage Stillroom and Beeswax Candle Factory, a circa-1878 building, on Cabell Street in the historic Daniel's Hill neighborhood of Lynchburg, Va. on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.

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Battalion Chief Mike Reeves commands crews with the Lynchburg Fire Department as they battle a fire that broke out at The Cottage Stillroom and Beeswax Candle Factory, a circa-1878 building, on Cabell Street in the historic Daniel's Hill neighborhood of Lynchburg, Va. on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.

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A graduate worships during Liberty University's main commencement ceremony at Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, Va. on Friday, May 6, 2022.

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A graduate worships during Liberty University's main commencement ceremony at Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, Va. on Friday, May 6, 2022.

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Veterans board a charter bus at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va. for the Central and Southwest Virginia Honor Flight on Friday, April 22, 2022. The Honor Flight takes a mix of veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam on an overnight-trip to war memorials and monuments in Washington, D.C., free of charge. 

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Veterans board a charter bus at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va. for the Central and Southwest Virginia Honor Flight on Friday, April 22, 2022. The Honor Flight takes a mix of veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam on an overnight-trip to war memorials and monuments in Washington, D.C., free of charge. 

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Supporters of the Jane Doe's, student-organization Justice For Janes and alumni-organization Save71 hold up a sign during a rally to call for a third-party audit of the mishandling of sexual assault cases on Liberty University's campus in Lynchburg, Va. on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. 

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Supporters of the Jane Doe's, student-organization Justice For Janes and alumni-organization Save71 hold up a sign during a rally to call for a third-party audit of the mishandling of sexual assault cases on Liberty University's campus in Lynchburg, Va. on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. 

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Azalia Berrian leads her mother Joanna Garber through a field next to their home in Afton, Va. on Wednesday, August 13, 2020. In early June, 14-year-old Azalia went missing from her home in Afton while on a bike ride. She survived four days and three nights alone in the mountainous area of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Azalia now wears an ankle monitor and a few weeks after Azalia’s safe return, a new bill from the Virginia General Assembly went into effect that would help children like Azalia in similar situations.

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Azalia Berrian leads her mother Joanna Garber through a field next to their home in Afton, Va. on Wednesday, August 13, 2020. In early June, 14-year-old Azalia went missing from her home in Afton while on a bike ride. She survived four days and three nights alone in the mountainous area of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Azalia now wears an ankle monitor and a few weeks after Azalia’s safe return, a new bill from the Virginia General Assembly went into effect that would help children like Azalia in similar situations.

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A graduate pets their service dog during commencement at Sweet Briar College in Amherst, Va. on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

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A graduate pets their service dog during commencement at Sweet Briar College in Amherst, Va. on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

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A runner dressed as The Flash runs past the LOVE sign as they close in on the finish line during the 2021 CASA Superhero Run at the Percival's Island Natural Area in Lynchburg, Va. on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.

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A runner dressed as The Flash runs past the LOVE sign as they close in on the finish line during the 2021 CASA Superhero Run at the Percival's Island Natural Area in Lynchburg, Va. on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.

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Members of the Sunrise Movement use diagrams to explain the formation and series of events for Monday's protest during a training session at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. on Sunday, June 27, 2021. (On assignment for Politico Magazine)

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Members of the Sunrise Movement use diagrams to explain the formation and series of events for Monday's protest during a training session at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. on Sunday, June 27, 2021. (On assignment for Politico Magazine)

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A veteran attends a Veterans Day ceremony hosted by the City of Lynchburg at Monument Terrace in Lynchburg, Va. on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.

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A veteran attends a Veterans Day ceremony hosted by the City of Lynchburg at Monument Terrace in Lynchburg, Va. on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.

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Kindergartener Mykala Clements takes the helm as line-leader with her class as they prepare to head to the library during Transition Day at Madison Heights Elementary in Amherst, Va. on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021.

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Kindergartener Mykala Clements takes the helm as line-leader with her class as they prepare to head to the library during Transition Day at Madison Heights Elementary in Amherst, Va. on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021.

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Hailey Wilkinson, Justice for Janes representative and Liberty senior, reads the story of Jane Doe 2 to the crowd during a rally to show support for the Janes and call for a third-party audit of the mishandling of sexual assault cases on Liberty University's campus in Lynchburg, Va. on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. The rally was hosted by nationally-recognized anti-sexual abuse advocate Rachael Denhollander, student-organization Justice for Janes and alumni-organization Save71. 

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Hailey Wilkinson, Justice for Janes representative and Liberty senior, reads the story of Jane Doe 2 to the crowd during a rally to show support for the Janes and call for a third-party audit of the mishandling of sexual assault cases on Liberty University's campus in Lynchburg, Va. on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. The rally was hosted by nationally-recognized anti-sexual abuse advocate Rachael Denhollander, student-organization Justice for Janes and alumni-organization Save71. 

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Isla Russell, 5, sits with her mom, Lori Russell, during a batteau ride on the James River in Lynchburg, Va. on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021.

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Isla Russell, 5, sits with her mom, Lori Russell, during a batteau ride on the James River in Lynchburg, Va. on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021.

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Workers with Saunders Brothers harvest apples at their Cub Mountain Orchard in Nelson County, Va. on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.

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Workers with Saunders Brothers harvest apples at their Cub Mountain Orchard in Nelson County, Va. on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.

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Shelita Bonet Hoyle performs after tossing her wig into the crowd during Hill City Pride at Riverfront Park in Lynchburg, Va. on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021.

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Shelita Bonet Hoyle performs after tossing her wig into the crowd during Hill City Pride at Riverfront Park in Lynchburg, Va. on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021.

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Members of the Sunrise Movement rehearse protest formations during a protest training session at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. on Sunday, June 27, 2021. (On assignment for Politico Magazine)

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Members of the Sunrise Movement rehearse protest formations during a protest training session at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. on Sunday, June 27, 2021. (On assignment for Politico Magazine)

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Johnathan Jackson sprays "Show Glo" on Major while helping his daughter Emma Jackson prepare her hog for market showing during the Central Virginia Livestock Show at the Lynchburg Livestock Market in Rustburg, Va. on Friday, April 30, 2021. This is Jackson's last livestock show as she ages out and prepares to attend Black Hawk College in Illinois to pursue a career in the agricultural field. Jackson walked away with the title of Senior Champion Swine Showman and Reserve Champion in the market competition. 

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Johnathan Jackson sprays "Show Glo" on Major while helping his daughter Emma Jackson prepare her hog for market showing during the Central Virginia Livestock Show at the Lynchburg Livestock Market in Rustburg, Va. on Friday, April 30, 2021. This is Jackson's last livestock show as she ages out and prepares to attend Black Hawk College in Illinois to pursue a career in the agricultural field. Jackson walked away with the title of Senior Champion Swine Showman and Reserve Champion in the market competition. 

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Tyriq Lowery carries a Black Lives Matter flag while participating in a demonstration demanding justice for 15-year-old Ti'lor Harper in Lovingston, Va. on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. According to Ti'lor's mother, Amber Harper, and a 58-second video that circulated on social media, Ti'lor has two chipped teeth and other minor injuries resulting from Nelson County sheriff's deputies working to handcuff the boy who was checking on his cousin who was involved in a fight.

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Tyriq Lowery carries a Black Lives Matter flag while participating in a demonstration demanding justice for 15-year-old Ti'lor Harper in Lovingston, Va. on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. According to Ti'lor's mother, Amber Harper, and a 58-second video that circulated on social media, Ti'lor has two chipped teeth and other minor injuries resulting from Nelson County sheriff's deputies working to handcuff the boy who was checking on his cousin who was involved in a fight.

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Kolee Fojtik, 15, sits in a cage with a deer who was hit by a car resulting in one broken back leg and an injury to the other at her home in Yoakum, Texas where her mother runs Nay Nay's Wildlife Rehabilitation. Kolee soaked the injured leg in a bag filled with an epsom salt water mixture to clean and flush out the wound. 

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Kolee Fojtik, 15, sits in a cage with a deer who was hit by a car resulting in one broken back leg and an injury to the other at her home in Yoakum, Texas where her mother runs Nay Nay's Wildlife Rehabilitation. Kolee soaked the injured leg in a bag filled with an epsom salt water mixture to clean and flush out the wound. 

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After moving to Lynchburg with her wife, Kathleen Davis, last year, Rev. Gail Goldsmith was finally inducted as Trinity Episcopal Church’s new rector on Thursday, July 8, 2021 while surrounded by family, friends and a close-knit congregation.


At 31-years-old, Rev. Goldsmith has became one of only 99 women ordained as a priest under the age of 35 in the Episcopal Church.  

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After moving to Lynchburg with her wife, Kathleen Davis, last year, Rev. Gail Goldsmith was finally inducted as Trinity Episcopal Church’s new rector on Thursday, July 8, 2021 while surrounded by family, friends and a close-knit congregation.


At 31-years-old, Rev. Goldsmith has became one of only 99 women ordained as a priest under the age of 35 in the Episcopal Church.  

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Beth Walthall, a dental assistant through community access network, watches as registered nurse Colleen Flynn prepares her COVID-19 vaccination at the Free Clinic of Central Virginia on Main Street in Lynchburg, Va. on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.

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Beth Walthall, a dental assistant through community access network, watches as registered nurse Colleen Flynn prepares her COVID-19 vaccination at the Free Clinic of Central Virginia on Main Street in Lynchburg, Va. on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.

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Hollie McGehee and Will Hubbard sit next to each other, separated by a plastic divider on the first day of school at Desmond T. Doss Christian Academy in Lynchburg, Va. on Monday, August 17, 2020.

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Hollie McGehee and Will Hubbard sit next to each other, separated by a plastic divider on the first day of school at Desmond T. Doss Christian Academy in Lynchburg, Va. on Monday, August 17, 2020.

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Caution tape is wrapped around fuel pumps at an Exxon Gas Station on Boonsboro Road in Lynchburg, Va. amid a gas shortage on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Tuesday after a cyberattack shut down the Colonial Pipeline last week. The pipeline is a main artery for fuel supply.

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Caution tape is wrapped around fuel pumps at an Exxon Gas Station on Boonsboro Road in Lynchburg, Va. amid a gas shortage on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Tuesday after a cyberattack shut down the Colonial Pipeline last week. The pipeline is a main artery for fuel supply.

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Suzanne Chambers holds a sign during the "#SavethePostOffice" Saturday protest at the post office in Amherst, Va. on Saturday, August 22, 2020.

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Suzanne Chambers holds a sign during the "#SavethePostOffice" Saturday protest at the post office in Amherst, Va. on Saturday, August 22, 2020.

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Two members of the Monacan Indian Tribe hold hands during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Monacan Indian Nation Headquarters in Madison Heights, Va. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.

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Two members of the Monacan Indian Tribe hold hands during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Monacan Indian Nation Headquarters in Madison Heights, Va. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.

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Karen  Vela Lima cries while her father, Roman, plays the guitar and sings her a traditional hispanic song during the church ceremony of her quinceañera in Bowling Green, Ky. on Saturday, March 23, 2019. “I cried because it meant a lot to me and I really wasn’t expecting the day to come so fast, like we were already at the beginning of march and I was like ‘wow, it’s getting here fast’ and I didn’t want it to end,” said Karen. “I was like happy but also sad.”

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Karen  Vela Lima cries while her father, Roman, plays the guitar and sings her a traditional hispanic song during the church ceremony of her quinceañera in Bowling Green, Ky. on Saturday, March 23, 2019. “I cried because it meant a lot to me and I really wasn’t expecting the day to come so fast, like we were already at the beginning of march and I was like ‘wow, it’s getting here fast’ and I didn’t want it to end,” said Karen. “I was like happy but also sad.”

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With a cast on his arm, Joe Pena, 6, plays with a remote-control truck while family and friends wash cars to raise money to cover his medical expenses caused by being struck by a stray bullet on the Fourth of July. The truck was gifted to him by the owner of Advanced Auto Parts, where the car wash fundraiser is being held.

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With a cast on his arm, Joe Pena, 6, plays with a remote-control truck while family and friends wash cars to raise money to cover his medical expenses caused by being struck by a stray bullet on the Fourth of July. The truck was gifted to him by the owner of Advanced Auto Parts, where the car wash fundraiser is being held.

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Spectators watch a fireworks show on King Fisher Beach in Port O'Connor, Texas. The annual Independence Day fireworks show was set off electronically so the show could last around 30 minutes. 

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Spectators watch a fireworks show on King Fisher Beach in Port O'Connor, Texas. The annual Independence Day fireworks show was set off electronically so the show could last around 30 minutes. 

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Principal Crystal Choate waves to Cindy Kirchner's fourth grade class over a video call during the first day of remote teaching and learning at Rockfish River Elementary School in Nelson County, Va. on Monday, August 24, 2020.

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Principal Crystal Choate waves to Cindy Kirchner's fourth grade class over a video call during the first day of remote teaching and learning at Rockfish River Elementary School in Nelson County, Va. on Monday, August 24, 2020.

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Owner Adam Peak (left) and Joe Jefferson work on processing cow carcasses at Peak's Processing in Campbell County, Va. on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. Local meat processors saw an uptake in business in the wake of COVID-19 due to insecurities with the national food supply chain.

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Owner Adam Peak (left) and Joe Jefferson work on processing cow carcasses at Peak's Processing in Campbell County, Va. on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. Local meat processors saw an uptake in business in the wake of COVID-19 due to insecurities with the national food supply chain.

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RJ Garland gets off the bus for the first day of hybrid learning at Heritage Elementary School in Lynchburg, Va. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020.

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RJ Garland gets off the bus for the first day of hybrid learning at Heritage Elementary School in Lynchburg, Va. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020.

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Bill McGuinn shovels a layer of sleet and ice off of the sidewalk in front of his wife's, Esther McGuinn's, law office on Rivermont Avenue in Lynchburg, Va. on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.

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Bill McGuinn shovels a layer of sleet and ice off of the sidewalk in front of his wife's, Esther McGuinn's, law office on Rivermont Avenue in Lynchburg, Va. on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.

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