This holiday season, Toyota and food banks worked together to serve even more people in need. Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia (TMMWV) shared some valuable best practices from its manufacturing processes to help the Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington, West Virginia be more productive.
With this collaboration, the food bank’s backpack program, which provides food to young people, became 600% more efficient. In addition, Toyota was able to help the food bank increase its warehouse storage by two-thirds.
“Better serving the community was the ultimate goal,” says Charles Jarrell, TMMWV training and development specialist. “More than that, it was incredibly rewarding to watch the food bank staff learn, grow and challenge their assumptions about how best to serve the community. This just goes to show the things we do every day at the plant can be applied anywhere and make a dramatic impact.”
This isn’t the first time Toyota has shared its manufacturing knowledge to help non-profit groups. In 2013, after Hurricane Sandy, Toyota helped Food Bank for New York City cut down on wait times for meals and helped a food warehouse pack and distribute meals more efficiently to those affected by the storm.
We at Dick Dyer Toyota are proud to be part of a company that not only provides monetary assistance to charities, but helps give them the tools they need to serve even more people.