A new USDA nondiscrimination statement was recently issued on November 09, 2015. All State agencies, local agencies, or other sub-recipients are required to incorporate the following USDA nondiscrimination statement into all materials and sources, including Web sites, used to inform the public about Food and Nutrition Service’s child nutrition programs:
In accordance with Federal
civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations
and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions
participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from
discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex,
religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation
for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded
Persons with disabilities who
require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g.
Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact
the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or
have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at
(800) 877-8339. Additionally, program
information may be made available in languages other than English.
(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
NOTE: Public notification materials that have the previous statement may be used until they are depleted; however, new forms and publications must be printed with the updated statement. Websites, online applications and IT systems should be updated immediately. Additionally, we will share updates to the statements and “And Justice for All” posters as they are received.