The 2013 Revised Non-discrimination Statement

Attention Sponsors:

The new nondiscrimination long and short statements below are effective immediately. Our state agency is currently updating our website and materials. Please update your websites and electronic materials immediately and at the next printing, update all other materials. Reminder, whether you are using the short or long statement on your document, the statement must be in the same size and type of font as the document.

The protected classes relevant to Child Nutrition Programs are race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability. This has not changed but USDA is requiring all Child Nutrition Program sponsors to use the full statement. It cannot be altered.

USDA has not updated the "And Justice for All" posters yet, so continue to post the current poster in a public location in your facility.

Long Statement: (Use on all documents more than one page or one sheet of paper):

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866)632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202)690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339; or (800)845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

USDA Child Nutrition Programs recognize the following protected classes: race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability.

Short Statement: (Use on all documents that are only one page or one sheet of paper):
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.