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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 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

The short statement reads: "This institution is an equal opportunity provider." and can be used on flyers, posters, or documents that are one page by nature, in a font no smaller than the text.

And Justice for All Posters

The USDA Office of Civil Rights has announced new And Justice for All posters have been developed and are being printed. The NSD will be sending all Program Operators one poster for each site listed in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System.

The USDA has given guidance that Program Operators should not remove their old And Justice for All posters until the new posters have been received. However, the And Justice for All poster should be removed from websites, training presentations, and any pending printing of brochures, pamphlets and materials, and replaced with the appropriate PDF version. The PDF versions can be found on the USDA And Justice for All Posters External link opens in new window or tab. web page.

Missing And Justice for All posters will continue to not be a finding during administrative reviews until further notice.

Civil Rights Materials

General Materials

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 and Program Complaints

All program and civil rights complaints filed with the NSD are resolved at the state level. Any complaint alleging discrimination will be forwarded to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for investigation. The NSD Complaint Coordinator logs the complaint, then refers it to the appropriate program or Field Services Unit and tracks it through resolution.

Complaints can be submitted to the NSD online by using the NSD Complaints Survey External link opens in new window or tab., or by contacting Heather Sashington, Civil Rights and Complaints Coordinator, by phone at 916-322-2135 or by email at hsashington@cde.ca.gov.

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

Follow @CDENutrition on Twitter.

Questions: Heather Sashington | hsashington@cde.ca.gov | 916-322-2135 
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
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