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U.S. Department of Agriculture Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) policies and procedures about nondiscrimination in the administration of the child nutrition and food distribution programs.

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Federal Nondiscrimination Statement

Agencies must include the most current version of the federal nondiscrimination statement in a prominent location in all public information releases, publications, and on posters concerning nutrition program activities, except menus. The current nondiscrimination statement, including the Spanish statement, can be found at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Civil Rights External link opens in new window or tab. Web page.

Short Statement

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Civil Rights Materials

General Materials

Management Bulletins

  • 02-900 - Management Bulletin on the Nondiscrimination statement guidance (available in hard copy).
  • 01-902 - Management Bulletin on the revisions to the standards for the classification of federal data on race and ethnicity (available in hard copy).

Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities.

Civil Rights Resources

CDE Resources

  • Quality Assurance Process
    Resources to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities while ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Available Translations of Program Materials
    Management Bulletin SNP-09-2016 detailing available translations from the USDA for Limited English Proficient (LEP) households.
  • SNP Eligibility Materials
    This page contains links to available translations of the applications for LEP households for free and reduced-price meals, the approval/denial notification, and pricing/non-pricing letters to households.

Outside Resources

Questions: Shirley Rhodes | srhodes@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-8521 
Last Reviewed: Thursday, July 21, 2016
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