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Toyota, Atlas and Chicago International Produce Market Donate Semi-Truck of Fresh Food to Chicago's Needy

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Toyota Material Handling U.S.A., Inc.
1 Park Plaza
Irvine, CA, 92623-7419
USA



Press release date: October 14, 2005

CHICAGO (October 14, 2005) - This week Toyota, the Chicago International Produce Market (CIPM) and Atlas Toyota Material Handling made several donations to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, also known as the Food Depository, including nearly 10 tons of fresh produce and a new Toyota electric pallet truck. The donations capped off a celebration at the CIPM - Toyota's way of showing gratitude for using its lift trucks throughout the nation's largest produce market.

"In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, we see images of people going hungry every day," said Breck Grigas, president of World Wide Produce and CIPM Board Chairman. "However, it's important to remember that our friends, families and neighbors right here in Chicago also desperately need food."

This food donation is not the first of its kind for the CIPM. The CIPM has been donating fresh produce to Chicago's food bank since the Food Depository was established more than a quarter-century ago. The donated food helps make it possible for the Food Depository to serve more than 84,000 meals daily through its 600 member agencies.

"With donations and support from organizations like Toyota, Atlas and the Produce Market, the Food Depository can provide a much more effective response to hunger in our community," said Mike Mulqueen, executive director of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. "For many less fortunate families, fresh fruits and vegetables are considered luxuries. Donations like these from the Produce Market, Toyota and Atlas help us to effectively distribute these treasured food items from our warehouse to ultimately help the hungry men, women and children of Cook County live healthier, happier, more hope-filled lives."

The Food Depository, Chicago's food bank, is a not-for-profit food distribution center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 600 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to more than 91,000 adults and children every week. Last year, the Food Depository distributed more than 40 million pounds of non-perishable food and fresh produce, dairy products, meat, poultry and fish. For more information, log onto www.chicagosfoodbank.org or call 773-247-FOOD.

Atlas Toyota Material Handling has been a key material handling supplier to the CIPM since it moved to its new location in 2002. The company operates 250 lift trucks within the market to increase productivity, reduce costs and enhance operator comfort.

"We have been working with the Chicago International Produce Market for more than 20 years and believe strongly in its commitment to the community," said Al Rawson, president of Atlas Toyota Material Handling. "It is our honor to complement the CIPM's donation with an electric pallet truck that will make the delivery and distribution of the food easier for the Food Depository."

The CIPM opened the gates to its $60 million, 26-acre terminal market complex on November 11, 2002. Replacing the old South Water Market founded in 1925, the CIPM is superior to all other terminal markets in technology and customer convenience. Its state-of-the-art, computer-regulated refrigeration technology is designed to respond instantly to humidity and temperature fluctuations, retarding spoilage and maximizing wholesaler's potential.

Toyota lift trucks currently in use at the CIPM include electric pallet trucks, and 3-wheel and 4-wheel electric trucks.

Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU) is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and offers a full line of high-quality lift trucks sold under the Toyota brand. Built on a reputation for excellence, Toyota is known for its quality, reliability and dependability. Most of the Toyota lift trucks sold in the United States are manufactured in Columbus, Ind.

Toyota's commitment to excellence in customer service extends nationwide. Seventy authorized Toyota Industrial Equipment dealers with a total of 186 dealership locations throughout the United States offer comprehensive customer service support, including one-stop shopping for both new and Certified Used lift trucks, parts, service and financing. For more information on TMHU, please visit www.toyotaforklift.com or call 1-800-226-0009.

Contact: Melinda Beckett-Maines Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. 949-223-7722 melinda.beckett-maines@tmhu.com
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