Learning About Toyota’s Meals Per Hour Program In NY #MealsPerHour

This spring, Toyota partnered with Food Bank For New York City to help them serve meals to more New Yorkers who were impacted – and still suffering – from Superstorm Sandy.

Toyota's Meals Per Hour

Learning About Toyota’s Meals Per Hour Program In NY

The program – coined Meals Per Hour – leveraged the Toyota Production System Support Center (TSSC), which shares Toyota know-how with nonprofits and other organizations to help them do more with less. The program focused on improving operations at a mobile food unit and distribution program in a Sandy-affected area, with the goal of increasing the number of meals that are distributed per hour.

Through small, but powerful, changes, the team was able to increase the number of emergency meal boxes distributed from 25 per hour to an astounding 450 per hour!  

At Metro World Child’s Distribution Warehouse, where volunteers pack boxes to distribute to families in need, along with you we were able to reduce the time to pack each box from 2.2 minutes to 11 seconds! 

At Metro World Child Truck Distribution, where volunteers hand out the boxes of emergency food, together we were able to reduce the time it took to distribute each box from 2.4 minutes to 8 seconds!

Toyota's Meals Per Hour video

In addition to literally producing more meals per hour, this project also inspires a greater call to action: What small changes can we make in our own lives that would better ourselves, our community, and our world?

To share the journey, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost (of Supermarché) released a documentary. Toyota has already provided 250,000 meals – help us donate up to ONE MILLION more by watching the video by 7/19/13.  Watch now to donate a meal to a family in need. To check out the video please see below:

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  1. Megan M wrote:

    i could be much more efficient with my errans

    Posted 6.24.13
  2. Shannon S wrote:

    I see more time for my boys and myself

    Posted 6.24.13
  3. Mary Happymommy wrote:

    The video inspires me to donate more often to my local food bank, and to volunteer at a church soup kitchen. When I was a kid I volunteered at my church helping feed the homeless, but I haven’t done something like that as an adult.

    Posted 6.24.13
  4. Angela wrote:

    I see that you need to work on being more efficient in whatever it is you are doing. A little organization goes a long way.

    Posted 6.24.13
  5. MJ wrote:

    I loved the idea of making small, important changes. It got me thinking about what I can change about my morning routine with my kids, a constant source of frustration.

    Posted 6.24.13
  6. lizzy wrote:

    I would like to donate money and volunteer for those that are in need! Even a little bit goes a long way.

    Posted 6.24.13
  7. Heta shah wrote:

    I could definitely help organize a food drive in my neighborhood in the time of disaster.
    herry123_us at live dot com

    Posted 6.24.13
  8. Ellie W wrote:

    It’s heart warming to see people helping people, especially in times of tragedies. The video inspires me to do more for those in need.

    Posted 6.24.13
  9. Joanna F wrote:

    They didn’t really mention this in the video, but another benefit to that Toyota system is that it appears to help eliminate a lot of the lifting / carrying for the workers, so less likelihood of injury.

    Posted 6.24.13
  10. Kenny F wrote:

    I can give back to others more often

    Posted 6.24.13
  11. Jessie C. wrote:

    I see in addition to regularly food bank donation, I could also donate to local shelters.

    Posted 6.24.13
  12. Taking the time to spend dinnertime with my family can help save money and make the most of our time together.

    Posted 6.24.13
  13. steph wrote:

    i am inspired to donate my extra produce!

    Posted 6.24.13
  14. Shelley wrote:

    The video inspires me to donate food to food banks and volunteer more.

    seashell210 at gmail dot com

    Posted 6.25.13
  15. mamotts wrote:

    I see sharing this more- getting even more involved

    Posted 6.25.13
  16. I think I see improvement opportunities in organizing different organizations together. Social media has completely changed the way we spread information now and small, good ideas can easily multiply into great big things getting done in a very short amount of time. I think there is a great deal of opportunity to get different organizations working together because most of the geographic limitations that used to stand in the way are gone or can be overcome with the instant communication technology we have now.

    terri_kelley at yahoo dot com

    Posted 6.25.13
  17. Ashley Tucker wrote:

    I see I can help by donating more often to food banks

    Posted 6.25.13
  18. Thomas Murphy wrote:

    I could improve my life and others by donating more to the local food banks.

    Posted 6.25.13
  19. Blessie Nelson wrote:

    I realized we need to look beyond our situation and pause and help these food programs more often.
    blessienelson(at)gmail(dot)com

    Posted 6.25.13
  20. Margaret Smith wrote:

    We already help out at our local food bank, but I can see donating more to them and helping out a bit more often.

    Posted 6.25.13
  21. latoya wrote:

    I think the video renews my belief doing small things can make a difference.

    sweeps785(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Posted 6.25.13
  22. Amanda Sakovitz wrote:

    I donate food but I would love to volunteer.

    Posted 6.25.13
  23. Christina Z wrote:

    I need to give more and volunteer my time more

    Posted 6.25.13
  24. John Hutchens wrote:

    being more organized and efficient in my personal life and donating more time to my local charities

    Posted 6.25.13
  25. i see more time for volunteering and donating

    Posted 6.25.13
  26. Marti Parks wrote:

    We have a downtown soup kitchen that I could definitely volunteer at.

    Posted 6.25.13
  27. Tiffany wrote:

    I really need to get my kids volunteering! The twins are almost 10 and they’re ready to take on some bigger issues~ like those less fortunate. This video helped me realize that!

    Posted 6.25.13
  28. marian boll wrote:

    becoming more effecient and less wasteful

    Posted 6.25.13
  29. Laura Jacobson wrote:

    It really inspired me to give more to our local foodshelf!

    Posted 6.25.13
  30. Laura Jacobson wrote:

    It really inspired me to donate more to our local foodshelf
    landfjacobson @ charter.net

    Posted 6.25.13
  31. Heather Hayes Panjon wrote:

    I See More Time To Make A Difference In My Community By Volunteering!

    Posted 6.26.13
  32. Karen Glatt wrote:

    This video inspires me to donate food (I already do) to food banks and volunteer more by helping others, and that can improve so many lives!

    [email protected]

    Posted 6.26.13
  33. Karen Glatt wrote:

    The Tweet in the Rafflecopter is over 140 characters, so I tweeted the one on top of the post!

    Posted 6.26.13
  34. Irene Cypher wrote:

    I see that I can be more organized and efficient.

    Posted 6.26.13
  35. chris z wrote:

    it inspired me to donate

    Posted 6.26.13
  36. Lisa Brown wrote:

    This video inspires me to donate even more to the local food banks and women’s shelters.

    Posted 6.26.13
  37. anne lawton wrote:

    Great Stuff

    Posted 6.26.13
  38. Katie K wrote:

    I should and can give back to others and my community more!

    Posted 6.26.13
  39. Kelly D wrote:

    I see that I can improve by finding a way to solve small problems and help others better, by volunteering my time or donating to food drives.

    Posted 6.26.13
  40. chris hoey wrote:

    I see that I can be more efficient and organized .

    Posted 6.26.13
  41. Ashley C wrote:

    We can donate our time to food banks as well as our money. Typically we just give food, but I think money would directly help even better.

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

    Posted 6.26.13
  42. Patty wright wrote:

    Appreciate what I have

    Posted 6.26.13
  43. Lisa Garner wrote:

    This video inspires me to want to donate food and supplies to my local women’s shelter and a more regular basis and volunteer more.

    Posted 6.26.13
  44. Ellen Anderson wrote:

    I see more time to spend with my girls, hubby, and myself 🙂

    Posted 6.26.13
  45. Patricia Oliver wrote:

    Do more errands on one trip out.

    Posted 6.26.13
  46. Katie Roch wrote:

    I see the opportunity to preform random acts of kindness to put smiles on people’s faces

    Posted 6.26.13
  47. Rebecca Lock wrote:

    To add more meals to our meal ministry at church.

    Posted 6.26.13
  48. Tamar wrote:

    I think it is really important to fight hunger. It’s the cause I’d love to solve.

    Posted 6.26.13
  49. susan smoaks wrote:

    I could be more organized and get a lot more done!

    Posted 6.27.13
  50. Kathy B wrote:

    It helps remind me how fortunate we are and how a small change can make a big difference.

    Posted 6.27.13
  51. Tammy S wrote:

    I realized we need to do more for our local food bank. We need to give more of our time not just food and money.

    Posted 6.27.13
  52. Erica Best wrote:

    do better at helping others

    Posted 6.27.13
  53. Austin Baroudi wrote:

    To donate food to food banks.

    Posted 6.27.13
  54. Katherine wrote:

    Stop and help those that need it give of myself

    Posted 6.27.13
  55. Rona B wrote:

    I can these improvements extremely beneficial to us when unloaded our grocery order.

    Posted 6.27.13
  56. Jason wrote:

    After seeing the video I realize I could donate this that I don’t need or use anymore.

    Posted 6.27.13
  57. Carolyn G wrote:

    I think I need to start volunteering more

    Posted 6.27.13
  58. Heather Manu wrote:

    Volunteer more and make donations to the local food bank

    Posted 6.27.13
  59. Holly Thomas wrote:

    I have been donating for several years,so now i would like to start donating more of my time.

    Posted 6.28.13
  60. laurie nykaza wrote:

    it inspired me to take the time to do more and give more $$$ to help out as well

    Posted 6.28.13
  61. joseph gersch jr wrote:

    it makes me realize I need to spend more time voluneering to help others

    Posted 6.28.13
  62. melina r wrote:

    after watching the clip I see that I can improve myself by getting rid of muda and need to organize myself

    Posted 6.28.13
  63. melina r wrote:

    the clip makes me want to volunteer my time to good causes

    Posted 6.28.13
  64. Paula V wrote:

    Wow that’s a great video going from 3min to 11sec packing the boxes. I think I’m pretty good at efficiency and organization but can always improve. I need to take more time to be a blessing to others than be so task-minded.

    Posted 6.28.13
  65. Catherine Shaw wrote:

    I didn’t expect to like this video as much as I do. Such an upbeat and inspiring story — and NYC is my home town. I’ll try to be inspired to be more efficient about housework by getting more organized so I can save steps (literally and figuratively) and get things done more quickly.

    Posted 6.28.13
  66. An assembly line is good…but I think they need to partner with more organizations/companies to get more food to help EVERYONE. That’s a bad feeling, for everyone. And you can never have enough volunteers! But, it seems like they’re on the right track.

    Posted 6.28.13
  67. Stephanie Phelps wrote:

    I could buy extra when I can and donate! I could help at our local food bank to sort food and distribute

    Posted 6.28.13
  68. Candice wrote:

    I would like to make more donations to my local food pantry and Goodwill.

    Posted 6.28.13
  69. Daniel M wrote:

    we have another food drive coming up

    Posted 6.28.13
  70. Silvia Fugate wrote:

    THe one part of my life I can really improve upon is organization. No matter how hard I try things always end up back into a disorganized cluttered mess.

    Posted 6.28.13
  71. latanya wrote:

    need to volunteer more of my time to help others

    Posted 6.28.13
  72. Geoff K wrote:

    I learned a lot of helpful tips that I can apply to my own life – in particular, the importance of structuring projects step by step to eliminate waste and increase efficiency. And I was inspired by the work of the team to provide boxes of food to family to do more to contribute to local food drives and charities.

    Posted 6.28.13
  73. Crystal F wrote:

    It makes you realize that we don’t do enough for others. It makes me want to do more to help my community. Thank you!

    Posted 6.28.13
  74. Kellie Christensen wrote:

    I need to stop reorganizing everything in my life. Instead, I need to just get things taken care of and use my time more wisely!

    Posted 6.28.13
  75. Lauren wrote:

    be more aware what others might need

    Posted 6.28.13
  76. Stephanie Larison wrote:

    I would really like to start volunteering more often.

    Posted 6.29.13
  77. Jen Haile wrote:

    I want to volunteer more of my time to feeding the hungry.

    Posted 6.29.13
  78. Pat B wrote:

    I’m going to check into volunteering at the local food bank

    Posted 6.29.13
  79. K.Pugh wrote:

    I need to continue helping other mother’s when they need a hand. We have been blessed.
    Thanks for the chance.

    Posted 6.29.13
  80. Sara Floyd wrote:

    This inspires me to give back to my local food pantry

    Posted 6.29.13
  81. Deb S wrote:

    It is so important for us to help support the food banks

    Posted 6.29.13
  82. Mihaela D. wrote:

    I need to start volunteering more

    Posted 6.29.13
  83. Robin wrote:

    It makes me want to volunteer more for people that aren’t as fortunate as me

    Posted 6.29.13
  84. Lynda Thomas wrote:

    I used to be good about donating food, but haven’t been doing as much lately. ilikevindiesel(at)yahoo.com

    Posted 6.29.13
  85. Michelle W wrote:

    I am going to donate food to our local food bank

    Posted 6.29.13
  86. Marrah wrote:

    I could definitely do more to help the less fortunate! Loved this video & what a great inspiration!

    Posted 6.29.13
  87. Diane W wrote:

    I clean my pantry every few months and donate to my local food bank.

    Posted 6.29.13
  88. monica meza wrote:

    I volunteer at a soup kitchen once a month, but now I feel I should do it more often.

    Posted 6.29.13
  89. James K wrote:

    The video helps me realize how fortunate I am and how I can help others.

    Posted 6.29.13
  90. Karrie Millheim wrote:

    to try to help the local food banks..people depend on them for food and i will do more because of this

    Posted 6.29.13
  91. Tracy Allen wrote:

    I have a goal to buy extra pet food using coupon deals to donate to different animal organizations

    Posted 6.29.13
  92. allyson becker wrote:

    donate food to food banks

    Posted 6.29.13
  93. Susan Smith wrote:

    I need to volunteer more and make donations to the local food bank

    Posted 6.30.13
  94. Kim Parrott wrote:

    I love Kaizen – continuous improvement!

    Posted 6.30.13
  95. James K wrote:

    This makes me want to be involved in my community more!

    Posted 6.30.13
  96. Kyl Neusch wrote:

    volunteer more!

    Posted 6.30.13
  97. Cheryl wrote:

    I am inspired to increase the amount of food I donate to my church’s food pantry.

    Posted 6.30.13
  98. Cheryl Grandy wrote:

    By using my time more efficiently, I’ll have time to help others.

    Posted 6.30.13
  99. Brittney House wrote:

    I could do more volunteering

    Posted 6.30.13
  100. Beverly Metcalf wrote:

    I need to volunteer more and give more to others. Thanks for this contest.

    Posted 6.30.13
  101. I want to be able to give more of my time to volunteering!

    Posted 6.30.13
  102. Jenni York wrote:

    This video inspired me to donate more 🙂

    Posted 6.30.13
  103. Karen Washington wrote:

    It saddens me to see people living like this, but to think how much better we still have it here in America than most countries

    Posted 6.30.13
  104. I need to donate more

    Posted 6.30.13
  105. Smiley Quintas wrote:

    I could definitely spend more time helping others

    Posted 6.30.13
  106. N.R. wrote:

    I can volunteer more

    Posted 6.30.13
  107. heather s wrote:

    do more volunteering

    Posted 6.30.13

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