The more beautiful you make something which people can see and use, the more enjoyment they will get out of it.
MILTON S. HERSHEY

Milton Hershey was a man of many titles, and social entrepreneur was one of them. It was Milton’s wit, instinct and knack for innovation and drive to enhance the quality of life for others that led to some of The Hershey Company’s most revolutionary measures.

CHOCOLATE FOR ALL

When Milton felt a growing demand for chocolate, he restructured his entire operation to mass produce a new formula of chocolate for all to enjoy. Soon what was once a luxury for the wealthy became a delicious and affordable treat for the common man.

THE RATION D

When the United States Army needed a survival ration for soldiers in combat situations, they looked to The Hershey Company. Milton delivered with the Ration D bar, a food product able to withstand the high temperatures of various climates. Between 1940 and 1945, an estimated three billion ration units were packaged and provided for military personnel around the world.

MILTON & CUBA

In 1916 when Milton visited Cuba, the country had almost nothing. As residents recall, it was a wasteland. But everything changed when Milton took a liking to the country, its people and its abundance of sugarcane. Milton took initiative and built a state-of-the-art sugar mill on the island, as well as a comfortable community for its workers. While most businessmen had previously exploited the country and its people, Milton’s generosity towards the country left him praised and admired by many.

THE FOUNDATION

In 1935, Milton founded the M.S Hershey Foundation to provide educational and cultural opportunities for the citizens of Derry Township. In its early years, the foundation focused on providing educational opportunities through the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, a teaching hospital; the former Hershey Educational and Cultural Center, an alternative to formal education; and the former Hershey Junior College. Today, it upholds its vision of educational and cultural enrichment through operating the Hershey Gardens, the Hershey Store, the Hershey Theatre and Community Archives.
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