Toyota helps local food bank fight hunger

Published: Nov. 22, 2016 at 10:44 PM EST
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BUFFALO, W.Va. (WSAZ) – While the link between an internationally renowned auto manufacturer and fighting hunger may seem improbable, Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia (TMMWV) has proven otherwise.

Team members at TMMWV shared their manufacturing know-how and expertise with the Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington, West Virginia, according to a news release from TMMWV. The multi-month project was a collaborative effort and now has the food bank poised to operate more efficiently.

TMMWV team members helped the food bank’s backpack program increase its efficiency by 600 percent. In addition, two-thirds additional storage was created on the warehouse floor.

Charles Jarrell, TMMWWV training and development specialist, said better serving the community was the ultimate goal, saying he was extremely pleased with his team’s results.

“This just goes to show the things we do every day at the plant can be applied anywhere and make a dramatic impact,” Jarrell said in a news release. “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.”

The project is modeled after a greater information-sharing effort through Toyota Production System Support Center, Inc. to share manpower and know-how across industries to various agencies, helping them become more efficient and better able to serve communities.