Toyota and Babson College Partner with the Greater Boston Food Bank

Toyota and Babson College’s Social Innovation Lab partnered with The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) to help expedite the distribution of food to those in need.  The partnership aims to enhance productivity, and inventory control practices at GBFB while teaching Babson students a real-world lesson in how Toyota’s manufacturing know-how can enhance the work of nonprofits.

Babson faculty have developed curriculum that allows students working with GBFB’s operations experts to bring Toyota’s manufacturing know-how, also known as the Toyota Production System (TPS), into the nonprofit sector. 

GBFB will encourage the Babson MCFE team to use operational skills and entrepreneurial thinking and action to explore and test ideas for improvement, using analysis to support the testing process. At the end of the project, Babson faculty anticipate at least a test version to be implemented and assessment tools put in place to support Food Bank staff in monitoring these improvements over time.

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