Our breakfast and lunch programs are administered through Lancer, a local leader in providing delicious catered school meals that meet all federal standards, including the National School Lunch Program. Under the mandates of this program each qualified student in kindergarten through grade 8 receives a free nutritionally balanced hot lunch with milk.

Parents, grandparents, or other family members are welcome to join the students for lunch as long as the Food Coordinator is informed in advance.

HOPE Community Academy is proud to announce that it participates in the Cafeteria Food Waste Program. This program recycles food that is not eaten and turns it into food that feeds pigs. The video below explains the program in more detail.

Our school is dedicated to the health and well-being of all of our students. We invite you to read our health and wellness policy below.

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.

The link to the application is available here, starting at 12 pm on June 8th through June 30th. https://mn.p-ebt.org/en/

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

P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions

Or call: Juavah Lee: 651-285-1564                      Taw Moo (Karen): 651-331-0155

Phoua Yang: 651-276-6275                                    Cindy Yang: 651-707-3639