Food Services

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Hawthorn District 73 provides both breakfast and lunch through our food service provider, Arbor Food Service. Students are offered a variety of hot and cold entrees each day. During the remote learning phase, parents/guardians can fill out a  meal order form to order breakfast and lunches for their children.

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. The system does charge a $1.95 card processing fee per payment transaction. (This does not generate fee income for Hawthorn – rather the fee covers the cost of credit/debit card processing.) Families can make payments into several student accounts under one transaction (and one fee) 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.

Plant-based vegetarian entrees are now available at the middle schools.

National School Lunch Program (Breakfast and Lunch)

Please fill out this meal order form to order breakfast and lunches for your children starting Tuesday, Sept. 29. Children under the age of 18 are qualified to receive individually packaged meals at no charge. This order form is open-ended and will remain effective until in-person learning returns.

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.