From Failure To Innovation. From Poverty To Philanthropy.
For a farm boy who never had much of an education, providing opportunities for others was a top priority. From humble beginnings, Milton Hershey founded one of the world’s most beloved chocolate companies. In doing so, he practiced corporate responsibility long before it was a catch phrase. Hershey created a model industrial town in Hershey, Pennsylvania, that provided workers with comfortable homes, inexpensive public transport and quality public schools. In 1909 he and his wife, Catherine, established a free boarding school for underprivileged boys. In 1919 he endowed the school with the bulk of his personal fortune. For more than a century, the Milton Hershey School has enriched the lives of countless children in need. The town of Hershey, Pennsylvania has provided employment, recreation and culture. And The Hershey Company has brought genuine happiness to shoppers around the world. See how Hershey's legacy translates to our vision.