Pals Tackle Hunger Relief


Central Valley native, Scott Brooks, Head Coach of NBA’s Washington Wizards.

“There is a big difference between not-hungry and well-nourished,” said Brooks, who, along with childhood friend, Mike Kooyman, is a founding board member of the nonprofit, hunger relief organization, GiveBack2God. Brooks and Kooyman met in 1969 (Kindergarten at French Camp School) and grew up in an almond-growing community in Central California, went to school together and worked together in the almond orchards during the high school years. The two were well aware of the nutritional value of nutrient-rich almonds, which provide a good source of both vitamin E and protein, and co-founded GiveBack2God in an effort to fill the nutritional void that exists for many families struggling with hunger. GiveBack2God provides individual servings of healthy, nutritious almonds to food banks throughout Northern & Southern California, and hunger relief efforts around the world.

Give Back 2 God made its first donation of 400,000 individually wrapped servings of almonds to the Los Angeles Food Bank. That was a huge success for founding board members Mike Kooyman, owner of Madi K’s, and Scott Brooks, head coach of the NBA Washington Wizards, who launched the 501-c-3 nonprofit organization. Give Back 2 God is now distributing over 500,000 servings of almonds per month to food banks and disaster relief organizations throughout the country.

Almonds are one of the world’s healthiest foods, high in protein and Omega 3′s, plus a host of essential vitamins and minerals. GiveBack2God fills a nutritional void for the poor and hungry in the U.S. and abroad by donating individually wrapped servings of California almonds through a network of qualified 501-c-3 hunger relief organizations.

Give Back to GOD is very proud of our two founders’ passion to Give Back.

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