Civil Rights for Child Nutrition Programs
Civil Rights Manual
All programs receiving Federal dollars must ensure eligible participants know about and have equal access to Child Nutrition Programs. This manual provides an overview of the requirements.
Inform, train, and educate child nutrition program staff regarding USDA Civil Rights requirements and information available to assist in carrying out Civil Rights responsibilities.
- NSLP Civil Rights/Staff Training (with administrative duties)
- NSLP Civil Rights/Staff Training (with non-administrative duties)
- Civil Rights Training for Breakfast in the Classroom Teachers – Designed to be used only by classroom teachers with responsibilities within the Breakfast in the Classroom program. It provides a general overview of key Civil Rights concepts. This handout should NOT be used with staff with additional child nutrition program responsibilities.
- Civil Rights Training Handout
NSLP Civil Rights Self-Assessment Checklist
This handout serves as a checklist for annual civil rights requirements. This resource is designed to be used by school programs to ensure compliance with civil rights regulations.
Iowa School Programs Civil Rights Complaint Procedure Policy
This policy can be adopted by school districts as a civil rights complaint procedure in the state of Iowa.
Iowa School Programs Civil Rights Complaint Form
This form can be used to document civil rights complaints in the state of Iowa.
USDA Civil Rights Instructions FNS113-1
Federal Civil Rights Statement
For all other FNS nutrition assistance programs, State or local agencies, and their subrecipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement:
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: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint, 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
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Iowa Nondiscrimination Statement
It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.6, 216.7, and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office building, 400 E. 14th St. Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; website: https://icrc.iowa.gov/.
Revised March 21, 2016