The most essential accessory right now is face masks, which can be high-end designer numbers or cheap disposables. Here’s how to get free face masks, because free is always better than cheap.

Even if your state has started relaxing stay-at-home orders, there are plenty of stores and businesses that are requiring face masks.

You could always make your own face mask at home, but if you’re looking for a no-cost alternative, there are a number of organizations willing to send you masks for free. Make sure you order them only if you need them, though — plenty of people struggling financially could use them.

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1. The federal government is giving away 25 million masks.

The Biden Administration is sending more than 25 million reusable masks (distributed in packages of 2 masks) to community health centers, food pantries and soup kitchens across the U.S. over the next few weeks.

To request a free mask, check in with your local community health center; anyone who requests a mask will be given one.


2. Receive a free medical face mask at grocery and retail stores.

Whole Foods Market is requiring all of their employees and shoppers to wear masks while in store, so they’re giving out free masks to customers who don’t have one.

Apple Store
Best Buy
Big Lots
Home Depot
Nordstrom Rack
Old Navy
Sam’s Club
Trader Joe’s
Whole Foods

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3. DHVANI is giving away one cloth mask to every American.

Since the early days of the pandemic, clothing company DHVANI has promised “A Mask For Every American.” The adjustable, washable cotton masks are paid for by donations, and are shipped on a first come, first served basis. Expect your mask to arrive in about a week.

To order your free eco-friendly mask, visit the free masks page on DHVANI (the link is at the bottom of the page).


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