Food Services

Elementary school student in orange shirt opening a carton of milk at a lunch table
Sycamore Community School District 427 partners with Arbor Management, Inc. to offer nutritious, healthy food options to all students.
Sycamore Community School District 427 participates in the USDA sponsored National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, and all meals and snacks are served to meet or exceed the standards required by these programs.
Students are encouraged to explore new foods with tastings and display cooking to spark student taste buds and curiosity with healthy options. Rotating fresh garden bars introduce students to a wide assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables while encouraging them to experiment with different combinations. Arbor’s nutrition team allows students to personalize and create their own balanced meals through “Build Your Own” food bars and featured recipes. Creative dishes inspire students to expand their palates.


Nutrition Education & Promotion

Arbor provides an environment for students to learn how to create healthy meals from a wide variety of options. Their chef-created, dietician approved meals provide a guide, modeling the most current nutrition guidelines. Dietitian led nutrition education programs to allow for unique, interactive student engagement such as “Dietitian Test Kitchens,” “Ask the Dietitian,” lunch booths, classroom presentations, and wellness fair activities. Nutrition education is reinforced with vivid displays, nutrition & wellness flyers, activity sheets, fruit and veggie of the month, and monthly nutritional newsletters. Their Corporate Dietitian is available to answer questions via the Arbor website “Ask the Dietitian” link. Arbor makes it easy for students and parents to be confident about their health and wellness knowledge.


For the 2022-2023 school year, breakfast costs $1.50, lunch costs $2.70, and milk costs $0.55.

Add Money to Your Student's Account

Money can be added to your student's account through the district's web store or by sending a check with them to school.

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Add Money

Set Your Student's Account to Auto-Replenish 

Log in to the web store, click low balance settings, toggle off auto-replenish disabled, and establish auto-replenish balance amounts. 

Visit the Web Store

Track Your Student's Balance and Purchases

Through MySchoolBucks, you can view your student's current account balance and meal purchase history at a glance.

Visit MySchoolBucks

Free and Reduced Meals

Students need healthy meals to learn. As part of our commitment to empowering our learners to succeed, Sycamore Community School District 427 offers healthy meals every school day, and some students qualify to receive them for free or at a reduced price.

Free and Reduced Meals

Two students eating sandwiches while sitting at a table

Our Staff

Sophie Stuebinger

Sophie Stuebinger

Director of Food Services

About Arbor Management, Inc

Arbor Management is a privately held, employee-owned business that has provided services to school districts in the Midwest for over thirty years. They are committed to providing a highly customized service specifically designed to meet the needs of the students, parents, and staff of Sycamore Community School District 427.

Arbor's Mission is to:

  • Aid in the fight against childhood obesity by serving wholesome meals that provide fuel and nutrients for healthy body weight.
  • Maximize the use of fresh fruits and vegetables purchased locally as seasonally available.
  • Serve a wide assortment of fresh, nutrient-rich foods every day and encourage the consumption of wholesome, balanced meals.
  • Provide a variety of protein options including lean meat, poultry, legumes, tofu, hummus, yogurt, and quinoa.
  • Serve products with a minimum number of ingredients and avoid added sugars, artificial ingredients, and preservatives.
  • Use cage-free poultry with no added hormones or steroids.
  • Purchase fresh eggs from a local farm that has been awarded for innovative conservation and ships eggs within twenty-four hours of being laid.
  • Serve local skim and low-fat milk that is free from artificial growth hormones and is produced at sustainable farms.
  • Eliminate all trans-fats. Utilize healthy cooking techniques including baking, grilling, and steaming.
  • Conduct surveys, taste tests, and food advisory committees to collaborate and brainstorm new ideas with students, parents, and staff.
  • Provide education and information regarding allergen safety, label reading, and age-appropriate portion sizes.
  • Offer fresh, whole, and multigrain bread to increase vitamin and fiber intake.
  • Promote environmental responsibility and sustainability.