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Civil Rights

The below statement should be used on all materials that references Food and Nutrition Services.


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:
http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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 (566) 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; 

 The  above, full Nondiscrimination Statement must be included on all print and non-print materials
 (including but not limited to audio, video, website, brochures, newsletters, by-laws, etc.).  
 If the size of the material is too small to include the full statement, the material will at a minimum,
 include the following statement in the same size as the text:
"This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”