Meal Service

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Hawthorn District 73 provides both breakfast and lunch through our food service provider, Arbor Food Service. All students regardless of income level can receive free breakfasts and lunches.

Summer Meals

Hawthorn is pleased to again offer free breakfast and lunch packs for any kids age 2-18 this summer. Free breakfast and lunch packs are available every Wednesday at Middle School South from 8 to 10 a.m. Each pack includes breakfast and lunch for one child for eight days. For more information, contact Shari Niemesz at or 847-990-4272.

Note: This Section Does Not Apply Until Further Notice

PAY (OR TRACK) ONLINE:  During in-person learning, Hawthorn offers a web-based meal management program at We encourage families to use this system to monitor usage and account balances and to make payments. To use the system, families set up an online account using each student’s school ID number. There is no cost for families to set up a student account or to use the low balance email alert to keep track of when to add money to your student’s meal account. Families can make payments into several student accounts under one transaction by inputting different student ID numbers during the process. The system takes deposits of from $1 to $100 in a single transaction. Even if families do not want to use the system to make payments, please set up your account to assist in tracking your student’s meal usage and balance.

All current eighth grade students with a positive meal balance will receive a refund in March.

National School Lunch Program (Breakfast and Lunch)

If you have any questions regarding meal status, please contact Shari Niemesz via email or 847-990-4272.  If applicable, breakfast and lunch fees will be applied to the student Meals Plus Account with the school district. Students who qualify for free lunch will not be charged.  

Please use the LunchApplication to apply for free/reduced price meals for the USDA’s National School Lunch & School Breakfast programs. For any questions or assistance regarding free/reduced meal service, please contact Shari Niemesz at 847-990-4272.