AUBURN — Good Shepherd Food Bank received 12,000 pounds of donated handcrafted cheese from Pineland Farms and Dairy Farmers of America valued at more than $50,000.

The donations were made in two batches, 4,832 pounds and 7,302.52 pounds, to be distributed across the state of Maine through Good Shepherd Food Bank’s 500-plus partner network.

Dairy Farmers of America works with local dairy farms to gather milk for the cheese production. Two tankers of milk were sent every week to Pineland Farms Dairy to be turned into cheese. Using 100% fresh Maine milk from surrounding family farms, Pineland Farms Dairy creates unique, handcrafted cheeses while supporting local agriculture.

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