ATTENTION: CO-OP DIRECTORS; PRINCIPALS; SUPERINTENDENTS; CHILD NUTRITION DIRECTORS
purpose of this memo is to provide guidance on Civil Rights compliance and
enforcement in Child Nutrition Programs and activities.
All programs receiving Federal dollars must
ensure eligible participants know about and have equal access to Child
Nutrition Programs. The linked document below is an overview of the
Rights Requirements for Child Nutrition Programs in Arkansas.
The United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) recently issued some question and answers related to Civil
Rights for the 2021-2022 school year.
- Is the Nondiscrimination Statement required on informational materials and websites?
States are not
relieved of their obligation to include the required Nondiscrimination
Statement (NDS) on all printed and electronic program materials made available
to applicants, participants, and potentially eligible persons for public
information, public education, or public distribution. This includes, but is
not limited to, information pertaining to eligibility, benefits, services, the
location of local facilities or service delivery points, and hours of service.
If the size of the
material is too small to include the full statement, the material must, at a
minimum, include the following statement in print in the same font size as the
main text: “This institution is an equal opportunity provider.” On websites,
the Nondiscrimination Statement (NDS) or a link to it, must be included on the
home page of the program information.
print media (television, radio, and Internet announcements) are generally short
in duration, the full NDS must be provided to the media outlet but does not
need to be read or printed in its entirety. The single line, short NDS is
sufficient to meet the requirement.
- Will meal pattern waivers affect a program operator’s responsibility to make meal modifications for participants with disabilities?
During this public health
emergency, States and program operators are not relieved of their obligation to
provide meal modifications for participants with disabilities. When planning a
non-congregate meal service, State agencies and program operators should
consider how individuals who require meal modifications will be identified and
- Do you need to have “And Justice for All” (AJFA) posters on mobile routes for COVID-19 meal distribution?
The AJFA poster must be
prominently displayed in all facilities and locations that distribute Program
benefits or administer services. Meals delivered from stationary vans or buses
should display the AJFA poster. For vehicles making door-to-door drop
deliveries at homes and businesses, the AJFA poster does not need to be
- For SY 2021-2022, some schools are considering providing meals in the classroom rather than the cafeteria. In those situations, do the schools need to display an And Justice for All poster in every classroom?
It is not feasible or cost-effective to require that each classroom in a school
display an And Justice for All Poster. Instead, schools can display posters in
prominent locations throughout the school, such as a bulletin board in the main
building entrance, the school office, or another area frequently visited by
parents/guardians and children. Schools may copy posters and put one in each
classroom, but that is not required.
- Are States required to provide free language assistance?
During this public
health emergency, States are not relieved of their obligation to ensure
meaningful access to services for limited English proficient (LEP) persons.
This includes both providing interpretation services and translating critical