Meal Program

HoLa offers options for meals for students through an outside vendors. Parents are able to order meals for the upcoming month through portal.

Meal Program

HoLa seeks to promote lifelong healthy eating habits in our children through a wholesome nutrition policy that shapes both the meals we provide as well as those our students bring with them. To this end, HoLa has partnered with the NJ Dept. of Agriculture and Nu-Way Concessionaires to provide nutritionally balanced meals.

  • For more information on NJDOA’s school nutrition program, please click here.
  • For more information on our meal vendor Nu-Way Concessionaires, please click here.
  • Please click here for a breakfast sample menu and click here for a lunch sample menu. 

Ordering Instructions 

Students eat their school lunch in the cafeteria. There will be an option of cold/hot meals with some vegetarian meals. If you do not order school lunch, please ensure your child comes to school with a home lunch each day.

To place an order, go to the Genesis Parent Portal, click on the Forms tab and you will find the Meal Menu organized by month and year. All parents will receive notification one week before the new month starts when the new menu is active on Genesis.

Meal Policy

As part of the Federal School Lunch Program, HoLa provides free and reduced-cost meals to families who qualify. Should a family’s financial circumstances change during the course of the year, they may fill out a new application at any time.  All student eligibility is kept strictly confidential. No identification will be made at the point of service and all meal choices are available to everyone.

  • Due to the pandemic, The NJ Dept of Agriculture has extended free breakfast and lunch to ALL students (regardless of free/reduced status eligibility) until the end of the school year June 18, 2022.
  • Students are not permitted to have food delivered from a restaurant to the school. 
  • Students are not permitted to share meals, due to the risk of food allergies.
  • If your child has any dietary restrictions, please email Marta Pizarro at
  • Unfortunately we are not able to allow students to heat up food in the microwave oven.
  • There is no access to the snack vending machine in the Elementary School cafeteria before, during, or after school.
  • According to State and Health Guidelines, each meal requires a meat/meat alternative, breads/grains, two different fruits and/or vegetables and milk. For more information please visit

Food Allergens

HoLa seeks to protect the health of our students with food allergies by enforcing policies that help support this. 

Snack Policy

  • All students bring their own snacks from home. 
  • Sharing of food is prohibited. This is the case in all classes — not just classes with food-allergic children.

Birthday and Holiday Celebrations Policy

HoLa understands that having celebrations with shared snacks and treats is a tradition in many settings. However, we kindly ask all parents to be mindful of those students who have allergies or dietary restrictions and to respect the school’s desire to minimize outside food and treats. It is up to the classroom teacher to determine whether a treat may be sent in on a given day, and if there is any concern about the appropriateness of a given food item, our school nurses make the final recommendation. Please see below the parameters for these celebrations:

  • Any food to be shared with the class must be nut-free and pre-approved by the classroom teacher. If approved, parents must send in a complete list of ingredients 48 hours in advance, so that the other parents in the class may be informed in a timely manner.
  • Parents may not send in treats or goody bags to send home.

For more information on food allergies, visit Food, Allergy, Research and Education (FARE) website.   

For more information on diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association website.

Free or Reduced Price Meal Eligibility

As a charter school, HoLa offers all the services and aid programs available in the public school system. Eligible students qualify for our free or reduced-price meals. To apply for the free or reduced-price meal program, please fill out the forms below and submit to Marta Pizarro at 123 Jefferson St., Hoboken, NJ 07030, or email to Reach out to Marta if you have any questions.

Summer Meals Program 

Who Is Eligible For FREE SUMMER MEALS?

  1. Children 18 years of age or younger who come to an approved open site or a site to which they are enrolled.
  2. Adults over 18 years of age who are enrolled in school programs for persons with disabilities may also receive meals.
  3. At sites that require enrollment, benefits are available only to children who receive free or reduced-price meals at school.

How To Locate A Summer Food Service Program Feeding Site

To find the closest feeding site near you, text FOOD to 877-877 or Summer Meals to 97779 or visit the USDA site finder website at

The Summer Food Service Program is authorized by Section 13 of the National School Lunch Act and Child Nutrition Act of 1966 as amended by Public Law 103-448.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complain Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or 

(3) email: 

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