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Welcome to Food & Nutrition Services!

At Sunman-Dearborn Food and Nutrition Services, we know that good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.

New GuidelinesThe Nutrition Services department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.

Meals, foods, and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.


Our Mission

The mission of Sunman Dearborn Community Schools Food Service Department is to provide nutritious and healthful choices to students and staff throughout the school day that support learning and physical development.

Our Vision

Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools Food and Nutrition Services will be the premier provider of nutritionally-complete, low-cost, delicious meals to students and staff. Promoting health through nutrition education and modeling well-balanced meals will be a top priority. Overall, the Department of Food Services will partner with agriculture, food, media, education and health communities as well as local businesses to support and encourage a healthy school environment.


We operate 1 cafeteria at each of our 5 schools in the district. We serve over 3,000 well-balanced meals each day.

National School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program

Our district participates in both the National School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program. Through these programs, free or reduced-cost meals are available to children whose families meet certain income criteria. Applications are available at all school offices and online under the Free and reduced Application tab.  All application information is confidential.

School Breakfast Components

Breakfast Program Information


The school breakfast must contribute an average of 1/4 of the Recommended Dietary Allowances for protein, iron, calcium and Vitamins A and C each week. 

The meals are planned to meet the guidelines established under the Child Nutrition Program of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. We use the Traditional Food-Based Menu Planning Option.


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Birthday and Classroom Party Treat Program

Parents of Elementary Students can purchase Birthday and Classroom Party Treats through the Cafeteria.  All treats meet the Smart Snack Standards.  These treats will be delivered to the classroom on the requested date. FORMS must be submitted at least 2-4 weeks in advance.  Please contact the Food and Nutrition Services Manager at your child's school with questions.


Smart Snacks

All snacks provided to students during the school day, including birthday treats and classroom parties, must meet the Smart Snack Standards set by the USDA.  Smart Snacks can be purchased from the cafeteria or grocery store.  

Smart Snack Guidelines

Approved Smart Snack List

Smart Snack Approved Holiday Party Ideas

Please note, parent-provided daily snacks, for your individual student, do not need to meet the Smart Snack Standards.  Also, the approved Smart Snack List is a guide for parents to purchase treats at a local grocery store. For a list of treats that can be purchased through the school cafeteria, please see the Birthday and Classroom Party Treat Order Form above.

For questions on the Smart Snack Guidelines, please contact Cheryl Erhart, Director of Food and Nutrition Services, at 812-623-2291 ext. 13809 or