Civil Rights

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. Order posters from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)-Food and Nutrition Service Division. Include the name of the school food authority, CLiCS Sponsor ID, quantity and mailing address. Translated versions of "And Justice For All" poster are available for download from the USDA website. A link is provided for your convenience. Please note that USDA requires that the "And Justice for All" posters be printed on 11" x 17” paper.

Nondiscrimination statement:
The following 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:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 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, 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

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Revised September 2015.

Condensed Civil Rights Statement
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

What You Need to do for Compliance
All publications and handouts mentioning USDA Child Nutrition Programs must contain this nondiscrimination statement.  The statement should appear in a prominent place and should be available in other languages. The shorter statement "The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer" may be used if the material is too small to permit the long statement. However, the print size should be no smaller than the text of the document. Examples include letters, memos, notices, the Internet, public service announcements, menus, television, advertisements, and recruitment and outreach correspondence.

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.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Memos
Links to key USDA memos on Civil Rights are provided below. For a complete set of USDA memos for Civil Rights, see Related Offsite Resources.