Rise Against Hunger Optimizes Warehouse to Feed the Hungry

by Brion Hurley

Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief nonprofit organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, to help end hunger by 2030. They are working to help impact the UN SDG: Goal #2, Zero Hunger.

Based on their implementation of lean, Six Sigma, systems thinking and engineering principles, they have been named the inaugural winner of the IISE Excellence in Sustainable Development Award for 2019.

Distribution Warehouse Manager Courtney Hudson discusses the improvement journey across their California warehouses using 5S methods, redefining roles and responsibilities and utilizing 3rd part logistics companies to lower risk and increase time to scale up distribution centers.

In addition to the new distribution model, the following lean tools were deployed in the warehouses to further improve efficiency and productivity.

  • SIPOC diagram
  • Value Stream Mapping (VSM)
  • 5S workplace organization
  • Facility layout changes

These improvements led to an 8% increase in meals prepared, and they were able to lower their inventory levels.

Watch the webinar video below or download the podcast episode (coming soon)!