CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Two local friends are creating a free and inclusive phone app that will match donors with parents in need of breast milk.

This comes at a time when parents across the country are suffering from a baby formula shortage.

Celia Castleman, the CEO of The Drop, says many parents communicate through word of mouth or online about needing breast milk.

She says the goal is to make it easier for both donors and those in need to communicate.

Castleman says this will be the first phone app of its kind. She says it will work for both Androids and iPhones. She says the app will work as a dating app.

"You put in your dietary intake, you pick your role, are you a donor or recipient? And then you can set your parameters by distance," said Castleman. "So, if you are in a ten-mile area and can only travel five miles, however far you can go.”

Both Castleman and co-founder Kelly Cox have been working on this project for a year and are hoping to have it complete by this summer.

They have a special relationship because Cox was Castleman’s baby doula. Doulas are professionally trained in childbirth and provide support to expecting mothers.

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