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SCN - Civil Rights Requirements

Posted: Thu, 09/22/2011 - 12:30pm Updated: Tue, 08/18/2015 - 1:10pm

Program Mission

All U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Programs sponsoring agencies shall comply with civil rights laws and regulations, such as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (race, color, national origin), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (sex), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (disability), Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (age), American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 (disability).

USDA requires any program receiving federal financial assistance to provide training to its staff on civil rights. Civil rights regulations are intended to assure that benefits of the Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) are made available to all eligible persons. Training is required so people involved in all levels of program administration understand civil rights related laws, regulations, procedures and directives.


Only one designated staff member is required to complete the online Civil Rights training, which includes watching the Civil Rights webinar and passing the online quiz. Upon successful completion, the designated staff member may use online training tools to train additional staff members. 

Local agencies are responsible for training their sub recipients, including “frontline staff.” “Frontline staff” who interact with program applicants or participants, and those persons who supervise “frontline staff,” must be provided Civil Rights training on an annual basis. Retain training records of the people who received the training. 

Click HERE to access the online Civil Rights quiz; you will be redirected to Moodle.

Training Tools

Long & Short Non-Discrimination Statements

Complaint Forms

Limited English Proficiency (LEP)


Other Civil Rights Resources

The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

 If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.