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School Nutrition Magazine

Gaining the competitive advantage means setting yourself apart. The award-winning School Nutrition (SN) magazine, the flagship publication of the School Nutrition Association, has built a reputation for excellence that is without equal. Month after month, K-12 foodservice operators turn to School Nutrition for
the answers to their questions, for innovative ideas and for previews of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. And each issue, School Nutrition delivers the timely (and feasible) solutions and strategies they need to succeed, which is why it holds the lead as the overwhelming first-choice foodservice professional publication of school nutrition decision makers in districts large and small, urban and rural.


You can be part of the valuable solutions and strategies sought by these readers during today’s challenging times by advertising your products and services in School Nutrition: the only national magazine that exclusively serves this large, niche market segment. 

School Nutrition reaches SNA members who are top-level decision-makers in districts that collectively serve 29.7 million children—nearly two-thirds of our nation’s 56.6 million public school students. 


Print: 25,000  |  Digital: 25,000+ 

Frequency: 6x per year 


When you advertise in School Nutrition, you will reach: 

  • Readers who are decision-makers. According to SNA research, nearly 75% are  involved in buying, recommending, specifying or approving food products. More than 60% do the same for smallwares, while half influence or approve decisions for large equipment, cleaning products and other supplies. More than 30% have influence on or can decide on computer hardware/software purchases. 

  • Decision-makers who act when they see ads in their first-choice magazine. More than half report they recommend the purchase of the product or service listed, referred ads to someone else or bought an advertised product. 

  • Readers who value SN above all over trade publications. Year after year, SN beats its closest competitors by an 8 to 1 margin! 

  • Readers who look forward to and use School Nutrition. The vast majority find it provides solutions and strategies that inform and inspire, along with information they can use in their day-to-day work. 

Editorial Calendar

Preventing, Managing and Relieving Stress


  • The impact of interpersonal dynamics on stress management

  • Intersection of nutrition and mental health

  • Finding freedom when stepping out of your comfort zone

FOOD FOCUS: Scratch and speed-scratch baking dough-based items

SPACE DEADLINE: November 8, 2023

AD DEADLINE: November 15, 2023

The FOOD Issue


  • Taste the potential of using AI for tomorrow's menus

  • Global flavors and developing culturally relevant recipes

  • Sea to School programs

FOOD FOCUS: Strawberries

SPACE DEADLINE: December 20, 2023

AD DEADLINE: January 9, 2024

Special Diets

Annual National Conference Issue


  • Understanding and managing medical and religious diets in schools

  • Taking the "niche" out of lifestyle diets

FOOD FOCUS: Native American & Sonoran Cuisine

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE2024-25 National School Lunch & Breakfast Week campaigns

#ANC24 Preview

SPACE DEADLINE: March 12, 2024

AD DEADLINE: March 19, 2024

Communication Skills

Back to School Issue


  • Sharing your school nutrition “elevator speech”

  • Public speaking skills

  • Additional content TBD

FOOD FOCUS: Global breakfasts

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE2024-25 SNA President’s Profile: Shannon Gleave, RDN, SNS

SPACE DEADLINE: April 30, 2024

AD DEADLINE: May 7, 2024



  • How AI can impact you at work and home

  • A POS evolution

  • Additional Content TBD


SPACE DEADLINE: July 11, 2024

AD DEADLINE: July 19, 2024

Workplace Culture


  • The power in our differences

  • The multigenerational workforce

  • The "A"in DEIA

FOOD FOCUS: Leafy Greens

SPACE DEADLINE: September 13, 2024

AD DEADLINE: September 20, 2024

SN also includes periodic features on equipment, safety, nutrition, operations management, technology, DEI and legislation.
Each month also 
features Bonus Web Content. Additional opportunities are available through sponsorship of SN Plus, our digital supplement article series.

Rates & Specs

SN Display Advertising Rates

Bound Inserts

SN Ad Specs

Submission Guidelines

Please supply only a print-ready PDF file. We cannot accept any native application file formats (no MS Word, InDesign, Publisher, etc) or any other file format. PDF must be a hi-res, print ready file. All raster images should be 300 dpi. All fonts must be embedded. 

Do NOT include printer’s marks (crop marks, registration marks, etc) in the file submission. Do NOT include a bleed with fractional ads unless specified. Color: Color ads must use CMYK color only. RGB color or spot colors (such as Pantone colors) are NOT acceptable. Black and White: Black & white ads should use black only (not 4-color); images should be grayscale. 

We cannot guarantee an exact color match. If advertiser requires a critical color match, please contact your Traffic Coordinator. The publisher is not responsible for printing errors due to incorrect file preparation. 

Submitting files:  Please go to to submit files. 

For questions about submitting your ad contact: 
Stephanie Frank | 410-584-1935 | 

Get Started 

Increase brand awareness and generate new leads with SNA advertising opportunities. 

Patron members receive 10% off ad placements and recognized agencies receive 15% off ad placements (discounts cannot be combined) 

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