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.
- Civil Rights Brochure
- Civil Rights Compliance FAQs
- Civil Rights Webinar - If you can’t view the Civil Rights webinar, view the PowerPoint presentation and script below.
- CNP Civil Rights Requirements for all Institutions
- Staff Training Attendance Form
Full & Short Nondiscrimination Statements
- Full Nondiscrimination Statement - English (Revised January 2016)
- Full Nondiscrimination Statement - Espanol (Revisado Enero 2016)
- Short Nondiscrimination Statement - English (Revised March 2016)
- Short Nondiscrimination Statement - Espanol (Revisado Marzo 2016)
- Civil Rights Complaint Form - IDOE
- Civil Rights Complaint Form - USDA
- Civil Rights Complaint Form (Espanol) - USDA
- Civil Rights Complaint Log
- Civil Rights Complaint Procedure
Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
- Know Your Rights Beneficiary Brochure (English)
- Know Your Rights Beneficiary Brochure (Spanish)
- What Federal Agencies and Federally Assisted Programs Should Know About Providing Services to LEP Individuals
- How to Order "And Justice for All" Poster
- Building for the Future Flyer (English) - CACFP
- Building for the Future Flyer (Spanish) - CACFP
- Building for the Future Poster - CACFP
Other Civil Rights Resources
- Civil Rights Compliance and Enforcement FNS Instruction 113-1
- Accommodating Children With Special Dietary Needs
- Translation and Interpretation Services List
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, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
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.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(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
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org.