Bongards Creamerie is donating over 18,000 pounds of cheese to help local food banks in the Minnesota and Tennessee communities in which they operate.

The donation represents enough cheese to serve over 25,000 families, according to a Bongards news release.

“As a co-op built by a community of hard-working farmers, we understand the value of giving back to the communities in which we live and work,” Daryl Larson, Bongards president and CEO, said in the release. “Especially during this time of incredible need.”

The donations are being delivered to multiple organizations including North Country Food Bank which serves the communities near the Bongards plant in Perham; Second Harvest Heartland which serves the communities around the Bongards plant in Bongards, Minn., and corporate offices in Chanhassen, Minn.; and several organizations near the Bongards plant in Humboldt, Tenn.

Bongards Creameries is a farmer-owned co-op that was formed in 1908 in the southeastern Minnesota town of Bongards. The co-op’s dairy farmers are based in Minnesota and North Dakota.