Project H.O.P.E.

What is Project H.O.P.E.?

Project H.O.P.E., which stands for Healthy Options Provided to Everyone, began in 2004.  There are two programs within Project H.O.P.E., the School Snack Program and the Summer Lunch Program. 

United Way of Nevada County helps fund Project H.O.P.E.

School Snack Program

The School Snack Program is meant to feed school children who would otherwise go hungry until lunch.  Since the beginning of the School Snack Program, teachers have noticed an increase in the level of attention from their class and an overall improvement in the grades of the children who were not previously eating a healthy and nutritious breakfast. All snacks are nutritious and low in sugar.  Contact your child's school to find out if they have a program receiving services from the Food Bank and if your child is eligible to attend. If you are an instructor with a program or classroom that you feel can use the help of Project H.O.P.E., please contact our office at (530) 272-3796, Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to 3 PM. 


                             Some past year statistics:

 School Year 2011-2012

  • Total schools: 12
  • Total kids: 1575
  • Total snacks: 7875 weekly

School Year 2010-2011

  • Total schools: 17
  • Total kids: 1899
  • Total snacks: 9495 weekly

Summer Lunch Program

Through the Summer Lunch Program, we deliver lunches to area low-income apartments and the YMCA summer camp. Nutritious bag lunches are distributed Monday through Friday for 10 weeks in the summer, running right up to the day school starts. 

All lunches that we supply are government mandated to be healthy and balanced. Each year we provided 4,500 lunches to hungry children in Nevada County. To find out where lunches are distributed or to become a Summer Lunch site, please contact our office at (530) 272-3796 or email