When I joined GiveBack2God I was naive. Food banks, I thought, were supplied by Can Food Drives and donations of overstock and nearly outdated breads and produce from local grocery stores. What I learned is that this perception could not be further from the truth. The task of supplying Food Banks is monumental, requiring bulk purchasing and statewide supply chains. Can Food Drives supply very little in the way of usable goods to satisfy the growing need of the hungry in your community.
Can Food Drives generate a mixed bag (excuse the pun) of items that Food Banks have a difficult time working into their menus. There are generally not enough of any one item to build a feeding plan around. As a result, Food Banks treat the product of Can Food Drives as “extras”, a little something extra that can be tossed in with the staples essential to feeding a family.
The founders of GiveBack2God, Mike Kooyman and Scott Brooks, had it right. They understood that that it was essential for any giving program to fill a nutritional void in a Food Bank’s food supply. This required both a large and sustainable supply of a highly nutritious food, and a distribution program that had the ability to fill 100% of a need in any given Food Bank program. Infrequent or irregular gifts did not help Food Banks meet the needs of the hungry in their community effectively.
Almonds are one of the most nutrient-rich foods on earth. They are compact, portable, and have a long shelf life. Donors who pull a $1.50 can of soup off their shelf and give that to a Can Food Drive supply 2 servings of 1 gram of protein. A $1.50 donation to Giveback2God, by contrast, produces 6 servings of almonds that supply 6 grams of protein each. By leveraging the generosity of some of California’s largest almond growers, you can help your local food bank deliver a sustainable source of protein, and a host of other essential vitamins and minerals, to the hungry and undernourished in your community.
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