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District Information / Food Service

Food Service

Hawthorn District 73 provides both breakfast and lunch through our food service provider, Sodexo. Students are offered a variety of hot and cold entrees each day. Lunch also features a fruit and vegetable bar from which students may choose.

Our food service provider, Sodexo, provides monthly breakfast and lunch menus, which are available on the Sodexo website.

Food Service Ticket Prices

Breakfast - $1.20
Lunch - $2.50
Milk - $0.40
Juice - $0.60
Water - $1.00

Since we have moved away from paper tickets, food service can now be purchased in any amount. Simply fill your student account with whatever amount you wish (see below), and the new meal management system will deduct the appropriate dollar amount from the balance.  


There are two ways to purchase meal service:

  • Paying online using a credit/debit card at https://www.LunchPrepay.com
  • Sending a check or cash (made out to “Hawthorn District 73”) to your school
  • The ePay fee payment system will no longer accept meal service payments. Meal payments made to this site will be refunded.

PAY (OR TRACK) ONLINE:  Hawthorn offers a web-based meal management program at https://LunchPrepay.com. 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. You are still welcome to send checks or cash (see below) to your school for the actual payment. If you need assistance locating your student ID number or using the system, please contact your school.

PAY BY CHECK:  Families may also purchase meal tickets by sending a check payable to Hawthorn District 73 or cash to your school. Please send the payment in an envelope indicating payment is for the student’s meal account and also marked with your student’s name, building, grade and teacher’s name.


Parents are encouraged to monitor their student’s meal account status through https://www.LunchPrepay.com. As a convenience and to support our students’ learning, students are allowed to charge meals so that they can eat even if their meal accounts are empty. When a student’s charges exceed $50 they will be provided with an alternate meal as determined by the school. Any outstanding balances at the end of the school year will be sent to collections, where an additional fee equal to half of the balance will be charged. Families who believe they may qualify for free/reduced meal service should complete the documents provided below. Note that families are responsible for balances incurred before approval to the free/reduced program. If you have questions about payment plans or need assistance, please contact the Business Office at 847-990-4280.


Hawthorn participates in the federal free and reduced-price lunch and breakfast program. Students unable to pay full price for meals may be eligible for free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches. Families must re-apply each year. In general, applications become available in early August. Read on for more information, or contact Shari Niemesz at the District Office for assistance, 847-990-4200.

2013-14 Program Application (English)
2013-14 Program Application (Spanish)