Civil Rights for USDA Programs

All U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Programs sponsoring agencies shall comply with civil rights laws and regulations, such as the 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), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 (disability).  Forms for complying with civil rights data collection of racial/ethnic data are located at the bottom of this page.

The “And Justice for All” poster
includes the complete nondiscrimination statement and must be posted in a prominent place in offices, schools and other sites that administer USDA Child Nutrition Programs. For School Nutrition Programs (breakfast, lunch, afterschool snack), the poster must be visible to all students during at least one of their meals, printed on 11" x 17” paper. If your school participates in the Afterschool Snack Program and the program serves the same students who attend school during the regular school day and have seen the poster in a centralized location, you are not required to have the poster hung in each area where the snack is served. Order posters from the Minnesota Department of Education. Translated versions of "And Justice For All" poster are available for download from the USDA website.

Required Nondiscrimination Statement
The nondiscrimination statement shall be posted and included, in full, on all sponsoring agency materials that are produced for public information, public education or public distribution. View the Spanish version of the nondiscrimination statement.

The following racial and ethnic categories are to be used for civil rights data collection and reporting:

Racial Categories
Black or African American
- A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as "Haitian" can be used in addition to "Black or African American."
Asian - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
American Indian or Alaskan Native - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
White - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

Ethnic Categories
Hispanic or Latino - A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
Non-Hispanic/Latino - All other persons not included in the above.

Civil Rights Compliance and Enforcement-Nutrition Programs and Activities (FNS Instruction 113-1) - Guidance on ensuring nondiscrimination in USDA meal programs, including responsibilities, limited English proficiency, equal opportunity for religious organizations, public notification, civil rights training, data collection, and complaints.

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