USDA Civil RightsU.S. Department of Agriculture Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) policies and procedures about nondiscrimination in the administration of the child nutrition and food distribution 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, 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) (PDF) found online at the Filing a Discrimination Complaint as a USDA Customer Web page [https://www.ascr.usda.gov/filing-discrimination-complaint-usda-customer] 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:
- mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
- fax: 202-690-7442; or
- email: email@example.com.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
The USDA and the CDE are equal opportunity providers and employers.
- Civil Rights Fact Sheet (DOC)
Explains when to use the full and short civil rights statement on communication materials to households.
- NSD Civil Rights and Complaints Handbook (DOC)
This handbook outlines the civil rights requirements for all agencies participating in the Child Nutrition Programs.
- And Justice for All Poster
Civil rights poster with information in English and Spanish. For more translations, please visit Justice for All Poster Translations .
- Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations (DOC)
CNP 925 - This form is used by parents/guardians to have a medical authority prescribe special meals, or accommodations during meals, which are necessary because of a disability or medical reason.
Available Translations of the Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations
- USDA-CNP-08-2013: Nondiscrimination Statement Update
- NSD-CNP-02-2010: NSD Civil Rights and Complaints Handbook
- 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 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities.
- 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 USDA-CNP-08-2011 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.
- USDA Web Site
- USDA, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
- USDA, Food Nutrition Services, Office of Civil Rights
- United States Department of Justice - A Guide to Disability Rights Laws
- United States Department of Justice - Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)