THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
Office of P-20 Education Policy
This information is provided on guidance from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. The Department’s Policy staff has updated the nondiscrimination statement; however, it is included in Departmental Regulation (DR) 4300-003, Equal Opportunity Public Notification Policy, which has not been cleared for issuance. Until the DR is issued, the following nondiscrimination statements should be used for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
“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 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 a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 the material is too small to permit the full statement to be include, the material will, at minimum, include the statement , in print no smaller than the text of the document stating; “This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”
Additionally, all information materials and sources, including Web sites, used by FNS, sponsors or other subrecipients to inform the public about FNS programs must contain a nondiscrimination statement. It is not required that the nondiscrimination statement be included on every page of the program information Web site. At the minimum, the nondiscrimination statement, or link to it must be included on the home page of the program information.