MHS Students Volunteer Throughout the Summer at Central PA Food Bank
This summer, Project Market student interns with Milton Hershey School’s Agricultural and Environmental Education program learned the importance of service by giving back to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
Each week, the students harvested vegetables on the MHS campus to donate to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. In addition, they also set up a vegetable stand outside of the Food Bank’s headquarters on Corey Road in Harrisburg to sell produce to the local community.
In total, the interns donated 5,624 pounds of produce and $487.86 from vegetable sales to the Food Bank.
“Through the opportunity with the Food Bank, we were able to teach the students authentic empathy and model the school’s Sacred Values,” said Taryn Hogeland, MHS Instructional Advisor for the Horticultural Center.
Through their summer internship, the students also learned how to manage vegetable crops and an orchard. They learned about sustainable growing practices and the business side of farming through Project Market.
The MHS Project Market provides a pipeline for students to learn about agriculture and develop student-produced products for sale in the student-run market. Through local business partnerships and the guidance of staff, alumni, experts, and entrepreneurs, students benefit from hands-on learning opportunities and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) curriculum.
Learn more about our comprehensive STEAM curriculum and Agricultural and Environmental Education program.