Ads on School Property

Food and beverage companies have found ways to market unhealthy products to our kids on school buses, in school cafeterias, and in the hallways.



School Buses: Corporations take advantage of cash-strapped schools by buying ad space on school buses. Some districts and states have proposed legislation to ban the advertisements of alcohol and tobacco, sexually explicit content, and political messages. So far none of these proposals would ban the advertisement of junk food and sugary drinks.


Hallways and Cafeterias: Food and beverage companies "donate" branded posters, signs, coolers, recycling bins, and trash cans to influence the preferences of students, hoping to create loyal customers for life. 

Best Practices:

• Pass a policy in your district or state prohibiting ads on school property

• Pass a policy in your district or state restricting unhealthy food and beverage marketing on school property

Learn More:

For a model district policy restricting advertising on school grounds, visit:

Changelab Solutions report on District Policies Restricting Food and Beverage Advertising

For more information on what you can do to keep ads off of school buses in your state, visit

Commercial-Free Childhood Schoolbus Ad Action Center

For more info on restricting unhealthy marketing and why the First Amendment is not a concern visit:

Changelab Solutions First Amendment FAQs

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