News: Face Masks for Farmworkers

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Proteus Collecting Face Masks for Farmworkers

Face masks will help protect these essential workers putting food on our tables

Farmworkers in Indiana wear face masks to prepare the fields for crops.

Farmworkers in Indiana wear face masks to prepare the fields for crops.


Des Moines, IA: Proteus, Inc. is collecting face mask donations for farmworkers in Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana. Community members are asked to make face masks using cloth. The completed masks can be mailed or sent to Proteus offices. Please call ahead to drop off items.

  • Iowa
    • Des Moines – 1221 Center Street, Suite 16 Des Moines, Iowa 50309, 800-372-6031
    • Fort Dodge – 107 North 7th Street Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501, 800-798-8225
    • Iowa City – 1548 South Gilbert Street Iowa City, Iowa 52240, 800-397-9675
  • Nebraska
    • 3830 Vermaas Place, Suite A Lincoln, Nebraska 68502, 855-458-3421
  • Indiana
    • 700 E. Firmin Street, Suite 160 Kokomo, Indiana 46902, 855-765-6687

“Farmworkers are essential workers. They contribute to supporting the food supply chain, agricultural economy, and help put food on our table. They are the hardest working and most grateful individuals I have worked with,” says Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, CEO, Proteus. “Farmworkers deserve access to face masks in order to protect themselves and their families while still being able to work.”

Find details on how to make face masks here. Post photos your face masks on social media using the hashtag: #facemasks4farmworkers

If supporters are unable to make face masks, they can donate to Proteus here.


About Proteus, Inc.: Proteus is a multi-state 501c3 non-profit organization that provides services to farmworkers in Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana. The mission of Proteus is to provide communities health, educational and economic opportunities. To learn more about Proteus, feel free to check out our website:

For over 40 years, Proteus has worked one-on-one with migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Proteus bridges the gap so farmworkers have access to healthcare, education, employment and training, and housing services. This campaign will support the farmworkers Proteus serves including training over 7,500 farmworkers on heat stroke prevention and pesticide exposure, helping over 400 families achieve self-sufficiency, and providing healthcare to over 1,200 farmworkers each year.