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The NSLA specifies that persons directly connected with the administration or enforcement of certain programs or activities are permitted to have access to children's eligibility information. The following chart shows the circumstances for disclosing eligibility information. If you have concerns or questions about disclosing children's eligibility information, refer to the USDA Eligibility Manual for School Meals or contact your Child Nutrition Program representative for further guidance. Prototype parent consent forms are included in the Attachments tab

Recipient of Information What May be Disclosed Requirements
Programs under the National School Lunch Act or Child Nutrition Act All Eligibility information Prior notice and consent not required
Federal/State or local means tested nutrition programs with eligibility standards comparable to the NSLP Eligibility status only Prior notice and consent not required
Federal education programs Eligibility status only Prior notice and consent not required
State education programs administered by a State agency or local education agency Eligibility status only Prior notice and consent not required
Local education programs NO eligibility information, unless parental consent is obtained Parental consent
Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP), administered by a State or local agency authorized under titles XIX or XXI of the Social Security Act to identify and enroll eligible children All Eligibility information unless parents elect not to have information disclosed Must give prior notice to parents and opportunity for parents to decline to have their information Disclosed
State health programs other than Medicaid/SCHIP, administered by a State agency or local education agency Eligibility status only Prior consent not required
Federal health programs other than Medicaid/SCHIP NO eligibility information, unless parental consent is obtained Parental Consent
Local health program NO eligibility information, unless parental consent is obtained Parental Consent
Comptroller General of the United States for purposes of audit and examination All eligibility information Prior notice and consent not required
Federal, State, or local law enforcement of officials investigating alleged violations of any of the programs under NSLA and CAN or investigating violations of any of the programs that are authorized to have access to names and eligibility status All eligibility information Prior notice and consent not required
Last updated
June 5, 2019

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.

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