For the last 19 years, Hitachi group companies have given back to their local communities through a food drive. Hitachi group companies collect food and donations during the summer months to help stock local food pantries while school is out of session. This helps to guarantee a healthy meal for students that are not receiving breakfast and lunch at school. In 2018, Hitachi group companies donated over 22,000 pounds of food, $78,000 USD and 2,700 volunteer hours to over 39 non-profit organizations. Since 2000, Hitachi has donated over $1 million USD and 667,000 pounds of food across the country.
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For the Food Drive, HAL’s Bay Area CAC (a combination of our Brisbane and Santa Clara Office) collected $1,955 and 155 lbs. of non-perishable food. And this year, they doubled the monetary donation impact to Second Harvest Food Bank with a $1-for-$1 company match! In addition to the Food Drive donations, HAL Bay Area employees have also donated their time and effort to sort the food that was donated and contributed to the cause. The Food Sort was done at two locations in San Jose and in San Carlos. Joining the efforts was President & CEO Ken Takaichi, CHRO Levent Arabaci, and CIO Ashish Sanghrajka. The team had a great time knowing that they had the support of executives who care about the community. In total, 5,000+ lbs. of cabbage, and 5,488 lbs. of cans and nonperishables were boxed, in approximately three hours in each location.
James J. Boyle & Co, part of the Hitachi Transport Group Companies, Food Drive theme was Building Healthy Communities. It was a great way for our team members to spend time together for a great cause. The team competition was fun and competitive. The teams collected and created unique structures that benefited their communities. The winning teams won team prizes and bragging rights until next year. A total of 2,462 lbs. of food was collected and donated to five different food banks/ nonprofits. JJB believes in being engaged and improving the quality of life in our communities.
For the month of July, four teams were set up in a friendly competition to collect the most food each week with a weekly theme to help motivate everyone along with an event. A World Cup Soccer theme was used with teams named after countries thought to be contenders’ in the World Cup like France, Japan, Mexico, and Brazil. The goal was to collect 2,500 lbs. of food. This goal was surpassed, coming in at 2,528 lbs! A series of events were held each week during the Food Drive to offer further excitement and some friendly competition among the teams.
Hitachi Metals North Carolina associates collected over 300 items during our 2018 Food Drive. All food was donated to our local food pantry, Main Street Mission.