Membership Benefits

Why should you become a member of ILSNA?

  • Who feeds generations of Illinois children? We do.
  • Who takes care to make sure hungry children are fed at school? We do.
  • Who provides the link between health, nutrition and academic success? We do.
  • Who helps children establish healthy eating habits? We do.
  • Who are we? We are the Illinois School Nutrition Association — the only Illinois state association whose members are devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children's health and well-being by providing healthy school meals and sound nutrition education.

Formerly known as the Illinois School Food Service Association (ISFSA), the ILSNA serves the professional needs of members working in the school nutrition profession. ILSNA is a state affiliate of the School Nutrition Association (SNA).

The ILSNA mission statement is to assist our members in advancing the availability, quality and acceptance of school nutrition programs as an integral part of education.

The focus of school nutrition has changed – so has the organization's name.

Click here to print and fill out an ILSNA-SNA Membership Application Form (pdf)

Click here for an ILSNA-SNA Membership Brochure (pdf)

Who We Are

The Illinois School Nutrition Association (ILSNA) and the School Nutrition Association (SNA) are organizations of over 55,000 school nutrition professionals. Membership in ILSNA/SNA offers a variety of benefits to help you meet the challenges in the ever changing profession of school nutrition.


Training and Educational Opportunities

  • Seminars
  • Workshops
    • State and National Conferences
    • School Foodservice & Nutrition
  • Magazine (the national monthly publication)
  • NEWSGRAM (the state quarterly publication)
  • Three Levels of Certification
    • School Nutrition Specialist (SNS)
  • Credentialing
  • Scholarships
  • Leadership Opportunities

Professional Networking

  • Personal Involvement
  • Sharing and Exchanging Information
  • National and State Conferences
  • The NEWSGRAM – a Quarterly Publication

Website (

  • Updates on Current School Nutrition Issues
  • Updates on Current Legislative Issues
  • News of Upcoming Events
  • Recipes
  • Links to Websites Pertinent to School Nutrition Professionals

Communication With Industry

  • Working hand-in-hand with industry to develop new products, systems and services to support the current challenges of school nutrition programs

Conferences That Offer:

  • Educational Opportunities
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Outstanding Keynote Speakers
  • Exhibits of Food and Equipment