Friday, April 23, 2010

Hunger Relief in the Form of California Almonds

This morning, a truck pulled up at our warehouse with a donation that's about to have a huge impact on our children's programs. The hunger relief organization making the delivery, Give Back 2 God, was founded with the aim of providing nutritious almonds to food banks and disaster-relief groups.

The donation on the truck today was nine pallets of California almonds in 5.5oz bags  - that's 99,000 servings!

Almonds are one of the world's healthiest foods, high in protein and Omega 3's, plus a host of essential vitamins and minerals. These packets will make a healthy, easy-to-eat and tasty addition to our Kids NOW bags and other children's snack programs.

Susan Takalo, Director of Programs and Services at Second Harvest, was thrilled to get the news. "We are excited about this unique donation of healthy snacks for children. What is so special is that they are both delicious and in kid-friendly sizes. With so many children experiencing peanut allergies this will allow the Food Bank to provide these protein-rich snacks to thousands of low-income children."

Give Back 2 God is a 501.3c non-profit that was founded by Mike Kooyman, of Madi K’s Almonds, and his childhood friend Scott Brooks,  the head coach of the NBA Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team. They are currently distributing over 2 million servings of almonds throughout the country each month.