SNA Announces Four New “Districts of Excellence”



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SNA Announces Four New “Districts of Excellence”  


School Nutrition Association Recognizes Local School Nutrition Operations

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (March 17, 2010) The School Nutrition Association and the School Nutrition Foundation announced that Dallas Independent School District in Dallas, Texas, Polk County Public Schools in Bartow, Florida, Willamina School District in Willamina, Oregon, and El Paso Independent School District in El Paso, Texas have received the District of Excellence in School Nutrition distinction.

District of Excellence is based on the Keys to Excellence, which provides an opportunity for school districts to assess their program against the industry’s standards and has been a core component of SNA’s professional development and training programs since 1992.

“This designation from the School Nutrition Association is a great honor because it recognizes the dedication and excellence of local school food and nutrition operations and the tremendous effort they take to make school meals attractive, nutritious, and affordable. These four school districts have achieved quality school nutrition programs and we congratulate them on their accomplishments and their commitment to excellence in school food and nutrition management,” said SNA Executive Director Barbara Belmont.

District of Excellence recipients may also be invited to apply for the prestigious District of the Year Award which includes a grant of up to $25,000.  The District of Excellence and District of the Year programs are made possible through the School Nutrition Foundation with the support of the National Dairy Council.

To learn more about the District of Excellence program or to download an application, please visit

SNA is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.  The Association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals.  Founded in 1946, SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well being through school meals and sound nutrition education.

The School Nutrition Foundation, established in 1964, is a non-profit corporation that provides high-quality professional development, financial aid and research programs to child nutrition professionals and members of the SNA.  The Foundation’s commitment to the child nutrition community is integral to implementing positive changes in school meals and, ultimately, to the health of school children.



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