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Milton Hershey School Students Tackle Childhood Hunger through Community Service

On Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 3, nearly 1,000 Milton Hershey School students packed more than 100,000 meals for Feed My Starving Children, a national nonprofit organization that packages and ships meals for malnourished children in developing nations.

MHS Senior Division student homes and Transitional Living buildings volunteered in one-hour shifts to pack 468 boxes of specially formulated meals to fight world hunger. As a result of their efforts, 276 children will be fed one meal a day for an entire year. In addition, Elementary and Middle Division student homes attended to cheer on their fellow students, and colored pages to include in the meal boxes that will be shipped around the world.

This event supports the school’s 2023-24 community service goals that are a part of the MHS Deed of Trust Framework. Through this initiative, students and staff are upholding the School Pledge while giving back to their communities in the areas of School, country, and God—just as the school’s founders, Milton and Catherine Hershey, intended.

So far this school year, students and staff have completed over 1,000 projects for a total of nearly 21,000 hours of community service. The work with Feed My Starving Children is just one of five schoolwide projects planned this school year by an MHS staff-led community service committee. Other projects have included an on-campus Clean-Up/Fix-Up Day and donating more than 1,100 boxes to support Operation Christmas Child.

MHS students’ community service efforts will continue through the end of the school year. If you are involved in a local nonprofit organization that is seeking volunteers, contact [email protected].

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