Helps Food Bank Fight Hunger Outside the Box
Key to our ability to serve our mission is being able to depend on New
Yorkers joining us and serving in creative ways. While every friend of Food
Bank picks his or her own path, each shares an understanding that any gift
based in great intention and commitment to mission is the best gift you can
share and receive. We are so grateful for Toyota’s nontraditional donation of
"kaizen" to our network. By teaming up with Toyota and leveraging
their production philosophy to increase our member agencies’ efficiency, we are
empowering our network of charities to help more people, with limited
resources, in less time.
Recently, Team Kaizen brought Toyota's efficiency expertise to a Sandy-affected community in Coney Island, where the waiting time for food was cut in half in just two days. Watch the feature on NBC nightly news:
Using Kaizen, Food Bank was able to increase efficiency around our network and in our response to Hurricane Sandy. As The New York Times reported, "At a soup kitchen in Harlem, Toyota’s engineers cut down the wait time
for dinner to 18 minutes from as long as 90. At a food pantry on Staten
Island, they reduced the time people spent filling their bags to 6
minutes from 11. And at a warehouse in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where
volunteers were packing boxes of supplies for victims of Hurricane
Sandy, a dose of kaizen cut the time it took to pack one box to 11
seconds from 3 minutes."
The Kaizen approach is one of continual, incremental improvement. As Toyota implemented Kaizen, "gradually our work stations were becoming less dangerous, more pleasant
and more efficient. The whole production process now makes much more
sense than before and it just feels like a more friendly place. How nice
it is to know that next week things will make even more sense and our
workers will work not harder but smarter and perhaps safer."
Our good fortune of having an out-of-the-box thinker
like Toyota on team Food bank — a partner whose donation of expertise has opened
the door to maximum productivity within our network — helps us show the world
that you don't always have to follow a straight path when you’re tackling a
problem as big as hunger. Sometimes you have to make a LEFT in order to get to
the RIGHT opportunities.