Giving Thanks for Giving Back: Toyota Helps Another Food Bank


Yesterday was the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., so I hope you enjoyed the day if you're here and celebrating the holiday.

I saw this article and it's great to see Toyota getting involved in the community again, this time in West Virginia:

Toyota helps local food bank fight hunger


From the article:

“While the link between an internationally renowned auto manufacturer and fighting hunger may seem improbable, Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia (TMMWV) has proven otherwise.”

Sure, hospitals are factories… patients are not cars… and food banks are not factories. But, Lean methods and Lean management works.

What were the results of Toyota's assistance?

“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.”


As a Toyota employee commented:

“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.”

Toyota wasn't just fixing the food bank… as we see with community efforts like this, Toyota isn't giving answers, they are developing people and teaching them how to improve.

See past articles and videos about Toyota helping in the community:

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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


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