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Civil Rights

Civil Rights

Child Nutrition program operators and sponsors must follow all civil rights regulations to ensure all eligible persons receive program benefits in a non-discriminatory manner. Civil rights are the nonpolitical rights of citizens; the rights of personal liberty guaranteed to U.S. citizens by the 13th and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution and acts of Congress.

Civil Rights Training

Training Videos and Webinars

This recorded webinar covers the civil rights requirements in the Child Nutrition programs and satisfies the annual civil rights training requirements.

Civil Rights - English:

Civil Rights - Spanish:

Non-Discrimination Statement & And Justice for All Poster

And Justice For All Poster

*Note: Sponsors may print and post the current And Justice for All Poster until new posters are distributed

image of poster with statue of liberty and non discrimination statement

Civil Rights Complaints

Summer Food Service Program Civil Rights

The following resources are only applicable to the Summer Food Service Program.

Special Dietary Needs

USDA's non-discrimination regulation (7 CFR 15b) and the regulations governing NSLP and the School Breakfast Program mandate that substitutions to the regular meal must be made for children who are unable to eat school meals because of their disabilities when that need is certified by a licensed physician.

Overview information:

What School Employees Need to Know:

Medical Statement Forms

Letters to Parents

Accommodating Children with Disabilities in the School Meal Programs document



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