Milton Hershey School Project Market Donates Produce to Local Food Banks
Milton Hershey School’s Project Market students and staff donated produce to two local food banks over the summer months and plan to continue donations throughout the 2020-21 school year. The produce was harvested by Year-Round Experiences (YRE) students and horticultural student workers and was delivered to the Hershey Food Bank and the Caring Cupboard in Palmyra.
Donations to the two organizations totaled more than 3,400 pounds of produce including:
Field Grown—cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, kale, collards, cabbage, bell peppers, jalapenos, sweet peppers, eggplant, cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon
Hydroponically Grown—tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, and basil
Hershey Food Bank received produce twice a month and the Caring Cupboard once a week–based on their operating schedules.
“As we transition from YRE into the school year, we continue to have produce and many other items available for purchase online by MHS staff,” Taryn Hogeland, MHS AEE Instructional Advisor, said. “We have a wide selection of fresh produce, Spartan Ice Cream flavors, flowers and plants, student art and CTE projects, goat lotions and soap, and most recently goat, lamb, and beef cuts of meat.”
Project Market continues to be open for MHS employees only. The market will not be open to the public at this time. MHS employees are requested to order online and then schedule a curbside, contactless pickup. Produce not sold online to employees will continue to be donated to the local food banks.
All students and Horticultural Center staff will be packaging orders and practicing CDC, ServeSafe, and FSMA recommended guidelines (i.e. sanitizing hands, surfaces, properly cleaning produce, and wearing masks and gloves).
Milton Hershey School is carefully following federal and state guidelines, CDC considerations, and MHS-established health and safety protocols to keep our campus a safe, nurturing, and healthy place. Any group photos of unmasked subjects were taken prior to the face coverings mandate.