Associates from Amazon’s local fulfillment centers recently made a special $10,000 delivery at the Food Bank of Delaware, which plans to double the size of its Newark operations at a new site on Lake Drive.

During the visit, 35 associates picked, packed and palletized nearly 500 boxes of meals for local seniors.

The community kaizen stems from Amazon’s kaizen program, which encourages all associates to think big, often resulting in process improvements, enhanced operations efficiencies and customer service. While Rohan Mendonza, general manager of Amazon’s Middletown fulfillment center, toured the facility with food bank directors, associates taped and labeled the space and reorganized pallets and assembly lines to increase productivity.

At the conclusion of the event, Mendonza and his team of associates walked through the facility to observe the results of the community kaizen.

“It is so exciting to see the impact we can make together in our local communities whether it is through volunteering, donations or the chance to download logistics expertise with a great organization like the Food Bank of Delaware,” Mendonza said. “The work this nonprofit does is heroic and we are here to support.”