From left, Rotarians Carol Rothenberg and Peter Kaurup present adult masks to Faylene McKeen at the Universalist Church of Norway. Contributed photo

NORWAY — Rotarians Carol Rothenberg of the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club and Peter Kaurup of the Oxford Hills Club handed more than 70 hygienically-repackaged packets of 10 masks each for distribution to Universalist Church of Norway Food Pantry patrons March 10.

Fayelene McKeen, director of Food Pantry accepted them.

The first round of the New England Rotary Clubs’ Million Mask Challenge arrived in October 2020 and were distributed to police and fire departments and community centers. At the same time, the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club distributed to food pantries in Bridgton, Naples and Sweden.

The second round of masks arrived in January along with a limited number of children’s face coverings. These too were delivered to food pantries in the region.

The last of the masks were distributed to pantries in Naples, Sweden and Norway in early March. The club recently received 400 kids’ masks from the Bethel Club. Those masks are being delivered to Naples, North Fryeburg and St. Joseph’s Food Pantry in Bridgton in mid-March.

“With the Biden Administration’s plan to deliver face masks to food pantries and health clinics throughout the country from March through May, the Rotary Club will move to providing local food pantries with more health and wellness products,” Rotarian Carol Madsen, the club’s COVID-19 project coordinator, said in a news release from the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club.

For any questions about Rotary, email President Julie Forbes or President Elect Jessica Putnam at [email protected]. Check the website at lakeregionrotary.com and the Facebook Page BridgtonLakeRegionRotary.

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