Nissan Employees Get Their Hands Dirty to Help Community
Helping their communities is a regular practice for Nissan employees, and this time it involved a lot of dirt and hard work.
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By spending their lunch breaks gardening, employees of the Nissan Technical Center North America have been able to produce the most bountiful year yet for the NTCNA Organic Garden, which helps stock the shelves of the nearby food pantry, Hospitality House Food Pantry. By mid-September, the NTCNA Organic Garden has already produced 2,500 pounds of produce, according to Nissan engineer and four-year garden volunteer Bob Schuler. The garden produces bell peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, and other veggies for the food pantry located in Commerce Township, which serves approximately 500 households in Oakland County,
“At Nissan, we encourage our employees to be ambassadors in the community,” said Takeshi Yamaguchi, senior vice president, Research and Development, NTCNA. “Besides providing fresh and healthy food for locals in need, the organic garden allows our engineers to get outside during their busy work days, which can relieve stress and boost morale. Nissan is proud to support their efforts and the Hospitality House Food Pantry.”
Adding to the garden’s bounty is a more automotive-related donation, a NV Cargo Van, which allows the organization to further serve their patrons.
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“We’ve never been in a position to acquire large, vast amounts for free food because we didn’t have the resource to get it,” said Donovan Neal, executive director of Hospitality House Food Pantry. “As a result of this van, we’ve been able to take advantage of free food that’s available to us from food banks and load up this van with gallons and gallons of milk. Without that van, we weren’t able to do that before. We can’t thank Nissan enough.”