June 2, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Many children in Minnesota rely on free or reduced-price school meals, and when schools closed statewide due to COVID-19, these children were missing an important source of nutritious food. To compensate, the federal government has approved Minnesota to issue Pandemic EBT: a ONE-TIME payment of $325 food benefit for families with children who would have otherwise received free or reduced-price school meals.
Families are eligible for P-EBT benefits if they have a child or children who were between the ages of 5 and 18 as of Sept. 1, 2019, and:
- Their child’s school is closed due to COVID-19; and
- They were receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) benefits as of March 18, 2020; and/or
- Their child was enrolled in school and receiving free or reduced-price school meals during the 2019-2020 school year; or
- Their child is enrolled in a school that offers free school meals to all students.
How will I get P-EBT?
Eligible families who had an open SNAP or MFIP case as of March 18, 2020, will receive P-EBT benefits automatically on their existing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. They do not need to request a different card or take any action.
Eligible families with children who received free or reduced-price school meals in the 2019-2020 school year or attended a school that offers free school meals to all students – but who did not have an open SNAP or MFIP case as of March 18 – must apply online application at www.mn.p-ebt.org between June 8 and June 30, 2020. If approved, families will receive a Minnesota P-EBT card in the mail within 10 business days with instructions to activate the card. All eligible families will receive P-EBT benefits as long as they apply by June 30.
Who to call with questions?
P-EBT Hotline: 651-431-4050 or 800-657-3698 (Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm)
- Assistance applying
- Eligibility requirements or general P-EBT questions
- Status of application
Or call: Juavah Lee: 651-285-1564 Taw Moo (Karen): 651-331-0155
Phoua Yang: 651-276-6275 Cindy Yang: 651-707-3639
April 24, 2020
The new Executive Order from Governor Walz continues the Extended Distance Learning in schools statewide for the remainder of the year. Please read this letter from our Executive Director about the new order. To read the letter in either Hmong or Karen, please click on the respective languages.
May 6, 2020
We will be offering free breakfast and lunch meal pick up every Tuesday from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, starting April 7th. Meals will consist of a week’s worth of food per child.
March 27, 2020
HOPE Community Academy is doing distance learning for all students. All students are expected to be working on assignments for their classes. Please read the Distance Learning Plan (English) here. If you would like to read the Hmong (Hmoob) version, please click here. For Karen language, please click here.
March 25, 2020
HOPE Community Academy will close school through May 4th, 2020. Governor Walz has issued an executive order for all schools to close through May 4th, 2020. HOPE has implemented the Extended Distance Learning Plan and will follow through with it. We will keep our families updated as we learn of any changes. Thank you for your understanding and support.
March 15, 2020
HOPE Community Academy will be closed starting Monday, March 16th. Please carefully read the letter below from our Executive Director regarding school closing and our plans for student learning within the next few weeks. It is crucial that we have your most up-to-date contact information. If you have changed your phone number or address, please call our main office at 651-796-4500 or email email@example.com. Also, please like and follow our Facebook page for any updates.
March 15th Parent/Guardian Letter (PLEASE READ)
March 15th Parent/Guardian Letter (Karen language)
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CDC prevention recommendations
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March 12th Letter home to HOPE Families