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THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

Office of P-20 Education Policy
Child Nutrition Program Administration
89 Washington Avenue, Room 375 EBA, Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 473-8781 Fax: (518) 473-0018

To: 
Food Service Directors/Managers
From: 
Paula Tyner-Doyle, Coordinator
Date: 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Subject: 
ARCHIVED “And Justice for All” Posters and Nondiscrimination Statement for Use on Child Nutrition Program Materials

            The “And Justice for All” posters are due for revision; however, the re-printing has been delayed indefinitely.  In the interim, the 1999 “And Justice for All” posters are to be used in all programs administered with USDA funds.  Please note that text in the 2013 updated Nondiscrimination Statement required to be used on all Child Nutrition Program materials is different from text on the posters.  USDA recognizes this, but directs that the 1999 version of the poster is acceptable for display.

            The “And Justice for All” posters are required to be posted in all Child Nutrition Program service areas including cafeterias, classrooms and in the vicinity of or on reimbursable meal vending machines if they are placed in areas other than the cafeteria.

            USDA is in the process of updating the “And Justice for All” posters and has ceased printing and distributing the posters to states.  In the absence of an updated poster, USDA has provided access to Child Nutrition Program operators to the 1999 poster for downloading and posting.  The poster can be downloaded in 8 ½” x 11” or larger and can be downloaded in black and white or color.  To download the 1999 “And Justice for All” poster, go to http://www.fns.usda.gov/cr/and-justice-all-posters and click on the option 475C.pdf (159kb) - This is the Special Nutrition Programs version that should be used in offices, schools, and other sites that administer Special Nutrition Programs (including WIC).  A hyperlink to the poster has been placed at the end of this memo for your convenience.

            Once the “And Justice for All” poster is updated by USDA, copies will be made available and will be distributed to School Food Authorities participating in the federal Child Nutrition Programs.

            As a reminder, the USDA Nondiscrimination statement was updated in 2013 and must be used on all Child Nutrition Program materials, including menus and all correspondence sent to families for program purposes.  The Nondiscrimination statement has been updated in all prototype letters provided by the NYS Education Department, Child Nutrition Program.  Please ensure that if you are not using the prototypes provided by us, that the following Nondiscrimination statement is used on all Child Nutrition Program materials:

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 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 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.

            If you have any questions regarding the “And Justice for All” poster or the Nondiscrimination statement, please contact your Child Nutrition Program representative at (518) 473-8781.

 

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:
    program.intake@usda.gov

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Click here for Nondiscrimination Statement translations.

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