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Penn State Health has the ability to accept donations for staff support.

Residents are reminded to follow the changing guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office about leaving their homes for nonessential travel. Individuals are encouraged to consolidate their essential trips with drop-off activities.

Online Giving  

As we focus on responding to COVID-19 and protecting our patients, staff and community, WE ARE immensely grateful for the outpouring of support we have received

We are being asked, “How can I help?” 

Financial gifts are the best way to help us meet our most urgent needs. Your gift will have an immediate and substantial impact on our efforts to support our patients and staff needs during this especially challenging time. We have developed two funds: one to meet our most urgent needs and strengthen our COVID-19 response and one to encourage and support our staff, who are working tirelessly.

Below, you can direct an online gift to Hershey Medical Center or St. Joseph Medical Center and support either fund:

Donate to Hershey Medical Center

To mail a check instead, make payable to Penn State and note "COVID-19 Hershey" or "COVID-19 Hershey Staff"

Development and Alumni Relations, MC HS20
P.O. Box 852
Hershey, PA 17033-0852

Donate to St. Joseph Medical Center

To mail a check instead, make payable to Penn State and note "COVID-19 St. Joseph" or "COVID-19 St. Joseph Staff"

Penn State Health St. Joseph Development Office
P.O. Box 316
Reading, PA 19603-0316

Gifts in Kind  

In addition to online gifts, there are other ways to show your support.

For Our Staff

Restaurant Gift Cards - gift cards may be donated to purchase food for Penn State Health staff. Gift cards may not be given directly to Penn State Health staff under this program.

  • You may purchase a gift card online from a restaurant of your choice (preferred method) and email it to:
  • Or you can mail restaurant gift cards:
    Development and Alumni Relations, MC HS20
    P.O. Box 852
    Hershey, PA 17033-0852

Donations of Prepared Food (must be scheduled in advance) – community organizations or persons who wish to donate prepared food directly to the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center or St. Joseph Medical Center must be aware of the following guidelines to ensure the safety of staff, patients and donors.

  • Food must be donated from a restaurant, caterer or food company that is monitored by local health inspectors and has passed a health inspection within the last 12 months.
  • If possible, prepared food donations are encouraged to feed a minimum of 20 individuals or more.
  • Food should be individually packaged and labeled, such as bakery products, sandwiches, salads, entrées and snacks.
  • Whole pizzas should be delivered in sealed boxes.

Prepared food donations must be scheduled in advance.

  • To schedule a donation to Hershey Medical Center, the community is asked to contact Hershey Medical Center Volunteer Services by calling 717-531-6310, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or email
  • To schedule a donation to St. Joseph Medical Center, the community is asked to contact St. Joe’s Development Office by calling 610-378-2477, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, or email
    • Arrangements to make weekend donations can be scheduled during the week by using the above contacts.
    • Scheduled deliveries may occur seven days a week and can be designated by department.
    • Should a donation of prepared food arrive that was not scheduled, Penn State Health will make every effort to determine if the food may be accepted and will handle each situation accordingly.

Notes for Donors

Any questions about donations should be addressed to Kelly Altland at 717-847-2002 or by email:

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Staff support donations FAQs

Can I direct which department I would like to receive the staff support donation?

Yes. We will do our best to make sure that a designated donation is received in the department for which it was intended. There may be circumstances that prevent us from being able to comply with particular requests.

Can I send a gift card for an individual worker?

It is against our policy to provide individual workers with gift cards, but we can accept gift cards for the good of all staff.