Keys to Excellence

School Nutrition Benchmarking, Business Planning and Best Practices

SNA’s Keys to Excellence is a state of the art self-assessment tool that allows you to compare your school nutrition program’s performance with other districts in your area and around the country.

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2013-2014 benchmarking data is now available.

Please note, data collection for 2014-2015 and beyond is currently closed and on hold. SNA is examining the Keys benchmarking tool to determine how it can better meet our members’ needs and connect you with more meaningful, relevant data. This includes taking survey input from users and evaluating the tool’s strengths and drawbacks. Thank you for your patience as we develop a plan to streamline and revise this benchmarking platform to be a better resource for members.

In the meantime, check out the Keys to Excellence Best Practices Document for more on program success indicators.

Questions? Email or call  (301) 686-3100. 

Participants earn 4 CEUs for completing the assessment. 

Tip Sheet
This sheet outlines all the areas of assessment at a glance, so you know exactly what information and documents you’ll need before you sit down to complete the assessment.

Keys to Excellence Best Practices Document
Download the hardcopy of the Keys to Excellence best practices to get a preview of the program standards and indicators before you start the online assessment.

Director Testimonials
Read early reviews on the Keys to Excellence benchmarking tool.

Keys Certificate Template.jpgDid you earn a score of 90% or above on your assessment? Request a personalized certificate to show off your accomplishment! Email Emily Mannel ( for a free personalized certificate.

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120 Waterfront Street, Suite 300
National Harbor, MD 20745  

Tel (301) 686-3100
Fax (301) 686-3115

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