Our Heritage


Milton Hershey School

Milton S. Hershey

From the very beginning, community involvement and good corporate citizenship were integral to Milton Hershey's business model. He was dedicated to improving lives. As one of the most forward-thinking industrialists of his time, Milton Hershey built the town of Hershey, Pennsylvania, including housing, parks, schools and a library. His actions were based on his belief that employees who could raise their families in a pleasant environment would live fuller lives and be better workers. The Hershey Company’s commitment to corporate social responsibility is a direct reflection of our founder's life-affirming spirit.

Milton Hershey School

Milton Hershey School (MHS), founded in 1909 as a school for orphan boys, is a product of the love Milton Hershey and his wife, Catherine, shared for children. Unable to have children of their own, the couple developed a profound and deeply felt concern for the well-being of all children, especially those less fortunate. Wanting their good fortune to make a lasting positive difference, Milton and Catherine Hershey decided to found the School and fund its operations

Following the death of his wife, Mr. Hershey donated virtually his entire personal fortune to The Hershey Trust Company to administer Milton Hershey School. The Hershey Trust Company is our largest shareholder, making the School our largest beneficiary. Today, Milton Hershey School is a coeducational home and school that is true to its ideals and remains focused on helping children. The School provides a free world-class education, as well as meals, clothing, a nurturing home, healthcare, counseling and career training, to nearly 2,000 children in social and financial need. All of us are very aware that MHS students depend on our continued success.

We are proud to help the School continue to grow, not only by building our business but through direct partnerships with students and house parents. Various departments and plants host career days and tours, and many Milton Hershey School students work in internships at the Hershey Company. Through our "Project Fellowship" program, groups of employees pair up with student homes for mutually fulfilling and fun ongoing relationships. Project Fellowship involves employees from our U.S. and international locations at many levels, bringing a global experience and strong role models to Milton Hershey School students.