Federal government to distribute masks to vulnerable people

Feb. 25, 2021

The federal government plans to make 25 million cloth masks more easily available to communities hard hit by the pandemic, reaching some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations, according to a news release from the White House.

The government will distribute the masks to 1,300 federally qualified community health centers and many of the nation’s 300 food banks, which reach a network of 60,000 food pantries, soup kitchens and other organizations.

The cloth masks will be available at no cost, beginning in March and into May.

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