Since our founding, we’ve had a commitment for more than just making great products – we’ve helped children in need. Beginning with the creation of the Milton Hershey School in 1909, we have been dedicated to giving children from disadvantaged communities the skills, education and support they need to build bright futures and lead more successful lives. We’ve learned that children make the most of their education when they have energy and nourishment, allowing them to focus on their studies, rather than their stomachs. And we believe bright futures start with basic nutrition.
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 the largest shareholder, making the school the largest beneficiary of The Hershey Company. 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, health care, counseling and career training, to over 2,000 children in social and financial need.
The Hershey Company is proud to help the school continue to grow, not only by building our business but also through direct partnerships with students and houseparents. 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.