Clutter. It is something I don’t like to have around my work or living area. If you are like and have extra Neocate formula around your house (that you no longer need), you may view extra formula as “clutter” and something that you need to get rid of. But what do you do with that formula that was prescribed to you by a healthcare professional? Consider donating your unused to someone who may be able to benefit from it! When donating, it’s very important to ensure that the formula is not expired. For our powdered Neocate products you can find the expiration date on the bottom of the can. If you’re looking at a drink box of Splash, you can find the expiration date on the top of the drink box. The expiration dates on the Neocate family of products follow the standard North American format, which is Month/Day/Year.
One option is to consider donating to an organization that assists those in need that can’t afford formula. One such example is the Oley Foundation. It was started in 1983 and “strives to enrich the lives of those living with home intravenous nutrition and tube feeding through education, advocacy, and networking”.
The Oley Foundation has an Equipment/Supply Exchange Program to connect families in need of enteral formula, pumps, tubing and other supplies with families who have items to donate. Note that items are for donation only and there may be costs associated with shipping the formula. In general, it is the responsibility of the individual receiving the formula to pay for the shipping costs. Procedures for donating to Oley Foundation.
This is another organization you might want to consider when donating unused formula that is based in Texas. Parker Lee Project was started by Megan & Phillip Smith after they had first-hand experience if struggling, arguing and pleading with offices, insurance companies, and DME companies for various supplies for their daughter.
The Parker Lee Project accepts all unused unopened supplise (except Suction Supplies) and all gently used equipment (as long as it hasn't been molded to fit your child specifically). View their website on various ways to connect.
This foundation was started by Hovannesian family after welcoming into their family daughter born with Kabuki Syndrome. The organizations collects items to redistribute to families that have to pay out of pocket despite having insurance.
You can always call your local pediatric gastroenterologist office or a local Children's Hospital to ask if they accept donations for people whose insurance won't cover it. Additionally, you can find other family support groups via the following pages:
If you know of a resource that accepts donations of Neocate products that you would like to share with our community, please don’t hesitate to comment below. You can also consult with your healthcare professional for other options on donating your unused formula to other families that may need it.
Note, organizations listed above are not endorsed by Nutricia North America and cannot be responsible for the information they contain.
Ellen Sviland Avery joined the Nutricia team during the summer of 2014. She has extensive experience in pediatrics, metabolics and tube feeding. Prior to coming to Nutricia, she worked in home infusion. She has been a registered dietitian for more than 12 years. Her passion in pediatric nutrition started when she was in Birmingham working with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and has continued throughout her career.