CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Greater Cleveland Food Bank will distribute 60,000 free cloth masks as part of President Joe Biden’s plan to give 25 million masks to Americans.
“We are still working through the details, but we have requested 60,000 masks through Feeding America, who is coordinating efforts,” Food Bank spokeswoman Karen Pozna said.
Pozna said the masks would be distributed to their partner agencies’ network and during their weekly food distributions at the Muni Lot.
The Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture are expected to be involved in the mass distribution of over 25 million American-made cloth masks. The face masks will be available in both adult and kid sizes in a plan to reach 12-15 million Americans hit hardest by the pandemic.
The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank will also be receiving 60,000 face masks through the initiative, according to Akron-Canton Food Bank spokeswoman Raven Gayheart.
“We have recently received communication from Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization in which the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is a member, inquiring about our ability and capacity to store and distribute thousands of face masks for community members to help aid in the spread of COVID-19,” Gayheart said.
Gayheart says the face masks would be distributed at their food distributions in the organization’s warehouse and its 580 hunger-relief programs that serve Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, and Wayne counties.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.