Nutrition and Wellness Programs

Civil Rights Compliance and Enforcement

Civil Rights Requirements

Civil Rights Training Materials

  • And Justice for All Poster PDF format
    The civil rights poster is required to be displayed in a prominent location at each site where it is visible to all participants of Child Nutrition Programs. This is a temporary printable poster; please contact our office to receive a free poster(s). Contact us via email at or by telephone at 800/545-7892 or 217/782-2491 to request a poster.
  • Civil Rights Brochure PDF format (8/16)
  • Civil Rights Training Documentation Form PDF format
    School Food Authorities (SFA) must provide civil rights training to their sub recipients, including front-line staff, on an annual basis. This sample form can be used to document your Civil Rights Training each year, must be maintained for Administrative reviews and must be kept on file for three years plus the current.
  • Civil Rights Training Module video format (26:25)
  • PowerPoint Presentation PDF format

Food and Nutrition Service Instruction

  • Civil Rights Compliance and Enforcement PDF format
    Nutrition Programs and Activities-FNS Instruction 113-1—This FNS Instruction has been developed to ensure increased accountability and efficiency at all levels. This instruction includes detailed explanations of roles and responsibilities, and it removes ambiguity regarding the process of managing complaints of discrimination.
  • Executive Summary PDF format
  • Sample Complaint Form Word document

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, 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:

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. Email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.