Meals Per Hour: Toyota’s Partnership to Aid Hurricane Sandy Victims

Toyota Food Bank PartnershipFor some people, it seems like Hurricane Sandy happened forever ago; for others, the devastation is still affecting their daily lives. You might not know that Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic tropical system on record and one of the most destructive storms of all time. In fact, the overall cost of the damages is estimated to be $71 billion.

In order to help the areas in New York devastated by this tragedy, Toyota has partnered with Food Bank for New York City to create Meals Per Hour. Your first thought might be that Toyota is sending a check to help fund soup kitchens and food banks, but in reality they are doing more than that.

Toyota is utilizing its operations and manufacturing expertise to help make soup kitchens more efficient and productive. They are doing so by sending in specialists from the Toyota Production System Support Center to help get more people fed in NY. So many people are in need of food that food banks and similar organizations don’t have the capacity to help everyone who comes to their doors. With Toyota’s help, more people can get the food they so desperately need.

From simple tasks like rearranging tables to more involved tactics like making the line move more quickly, Toyota is doing what it takes to make a difference for New York communities.  Working from the philosophy of Kaizen or “good change,” Toyota believes that each small step will result in a large change from the current destruction left by Hurricane Sandy.

Toyota has lent a helping hand and so can you. Find out more about Meals Per Hour and Toyota’s involvement at For information on volunteering at local food banks and making donations, visit Food Bank for New York’s website at

Dick Dyer Toyota Hosts Food Drive for Harvest Hope Food Bank

Dick Dyer Toyota Food DriveWith Thanksgiving last week and the holiday season approaching, Dick Dyer Toyota wants to do its part for the needy of Columbia, offering a helping hand to the members of their local community. What better way to help out than by aiding one of the biggest food banks in all of Columbia.

Beginning December 1, Dick Dyer Toyota will be a collection center for canned food and dried goods that will benefit the Harvest Hope Food Bank. They will have a Toyota Tundra Double Cab in the showroom which will serve as the container for all donations; simply put your donations right in the truck bed.

But Dick Dyer Toyota’s generosity does not stop there. They are also offering $5 off any service for each donation. So why not bring a canned good with you next time you go to the dealership for service? You will get $5 off instantly.

Dick Dyer Toyota chose an exceptional food bank to support. Harvest Hope Food Bank feeds people from 20 counties, works with the non-profit Feeding America, and fed almost 2 million needy people last year alone. In addition, Harvest Hope provides hunger relief to people affected by emergencies in Columbia. They truly are a staple in the community.

So come on by Dick Dyer Toyota to donate to Harvest Hope and to get $5 off your service. Give back this holiday season with Dick Dyer Toyota!