Resources

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 cnp@isbe.net or by telephone at 800/545-7892 or 217/782-2491 to request a poster.
  • And Justice For All Poster - Other Languages
  • Civil Rights Brochure PDF format (4/14)
  • 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 PowerPoint Presentation for Program Administrators
    This PowerPoint presentation is to be used to train administrators of all Child Nutrition Programs on civil rights requirements.
  • PowerPoint Format Powerpoint format (4/14)
    To view speaker notes, Click View, then Presentation View, and then Notes Page.
  • PDF Format PDF format (4/14)
    Speaker notes are available for some slides. To view available speaker notes, use the mouse to hover over orange conversation bubble that will appear in the upper left hand corner of applicable screens.
  • Civil Rights Training PowerPoint Presentation for Program Frontline Staff
    This is a condensed version of the above PowerPoint that can be utilized by program administrators to conduct the required annual civil rights training for frontline staff.
  • PowerPoint Format Powerpoint format
    To view speaker notes, Click View, then Presentation View, and then Notes Page.
  • PDF Format PDF format
    Speaker notes are available for some slides. To view available speaker notes, use the mouse to hover over orange conversation bubble that will appear in the upper left hand corner of applicable screens.

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

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 the 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.