Borden Cheese, a licensed brand of Kansas City, Kan.-based Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), donated 48,000 units of its Borden Cheese Crisps ‘n Cubes snack trays to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, which is part of the national Feeding America network. The donation, which was delivered to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in Nashville, Tenn., will be distributed to hungry adults and children in 46 counties across the state, DFA said. Additionally, a portion of the donated product will go to essential health care workers on the front lines at Nashville General Hospital.

“COVID-19 has brought unpredictability to all of us. We were in the initial stage of bringing this innovative, all-natural cheese snack to market,” said Flavia Panza, vice president, commercial strategy and brand growth, DFA Dairy Brands. “But as grocery stores have needed to make quick adjustments to keep up with increased consumer demand, we found ourselves in a situation where we had inventory surplus in the area and knew we could put these products to good use and help people who needed them right now.

“We’re thrilled to help Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, while also providing on-the-go nourishment to some of the front-line health care personnel who are working so hard day in and day out to help fight and control this pandemic,” Panza added.

As demand for food assistance rises with the COVID-19 outbreak, Feeding America, with its more than 200 affiliates across the country, has projected a $1.4 billion shortfall in the next six months alone, DFA noted.

“We are so grateful for this generous donation during this unprecedented time of need,” said Nancy Kell, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. “This contribution will make a difference for health care workers on the front lines and so many local families.”

Borden Crisps ‘n Cubes snacks are low-carb, on-the-go snack options that were launched earlier this year.