Our volunteers are an amazing part of what makes our organization so successful.  We are always looking for new community members to join our team.  Groups, sport teams, organizations and businesses can also get involved!

What is cocoa packs?

Cocoa Packs is a weekly program that provides weekend food assistance for students in need from the Hershey area. Volunteers assemble & deliver these packs.

Volunteers meet in our dedicated Cocoa Packs space accessible from the entrance door to the right of the loading dock at the Hershey Middle School (look for signs).

As a school wide policy, all volunteers are required to enter through the Middle School main office during school hours to check in for the distribution shifts. When not arriving within the hours school is in session, volunteers can enter directly through the Cocoa Packs entrance near the loading dock.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, email Erin Darr at

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Click HEre For Volunteer Sign ups for the Regular summer feeding program

Volunteers are needed to help pack the food bags, stock the pantry, and staff our distribution shifts.

CLick here for our volunteer sign ups for our summer hot lunch program

NEW FOR 2019- We will be piloting a hot lunch program on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of each week. We are in need of volunteers (adults only this shift) to hand out the already prepared lunches. The only responsibility will be to hand out the lunches, no cooking is involved. There will be two locations: Briarcrest Apartment Complex and at Cocoa Packs located in room B-130 at the Hershey Middle School. Additional information on exact location and duties will be provided to volunteers as we get closer to June.

Cocoa Packs  is located in the Hershey Middle School. It  is accessible from door numbers 12 and 13 on the side of the Middle School that faces the Elementary School. There are signs posted on the outside of the building to assist you. Once inside the building, Cocoa Packs occupies the first two rooms on the right hand side of the hallway. Please note: volunteers are no longer required to check in at the Middle School office for set up and packing shifts during school hours. 

If you have signed up for either the Middle School or High School distributions shifts, you will need to check in at the main office of each respective school.  You will also need to have your clearances on file with the District in order to volunteer for these slots. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Erin Darr at 717-525-2164 or


the community GETs INVOLVED!

Our volunteers are an amazing piece of what makes our organization so successful.  We are always looking for new community members to join our team.

Groups, sport teams, organizations and businesses can also get involved!

Here are some examples of how our community has rallied around our program and helped in the ways that they CAN!

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The Hershey Rotary and Milton Hershey students helped volunteer to get all of our packs ready for the holiday break!

Patty Wells, Sandy Helms, and students from Milton Hershey School helped mulch, haul top soil, and plant at our Cocoa packs 7 Community Garden plots.

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These amazing boy scouts have continued to volunteer at Cocoa Packs once a month since 2015!

These awesome girls from Daisy and Brownie Troop 70430 joined us on April 9th, 2019 to volunteer at Cocoa Packs!

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Many volunteers joined us for our “egg”stra special event at the middle school for Easter.

Brenda Reppert brings us eggs every week donated by Chris Kaley from Corn Crib Farms and most recently hard boiled over 700 eggs for our friends to decorate at our Easter Event.

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A group from The Hotel Hershey management team came to volunteer at Cocoa Packs!

These awesome students from Milton Hershey School chose to volunteer at Cocoa Packs!

Tara Vargo helped coordinate the Ladies of Grace from Fishburn Methodist Church to help get us ready for our “egg”stra special event by stuffing 600 plastic eggs.

Amazing volunteers from U-13 Prevail National Volleyball team were connected throuhg Heather who was our Hotel Hershey event coordinator for Heart 4 Hunger!

Fundraising: Interested in learning about fundraising opportunities or being a part of our fundraising team, please contact Megan Lawall at

Marketing: Contact Kristin Argento at, if you are interested in being a part of our marketing team!

Food and nutrition play such an important role in developing the body and minds of children. The COCOA packs provide a little extra for families and most importantly, children who might need a little more. When asked what their favorite part of a COCOA is, a Kindergartner, age 5, replied, “COCOA packs are great because it gives us food on the weekends.”
— Hershey ECC Kindergarten Teacher