In accordance with
Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil
rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices,
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 filine_cust.html,
and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide
in the letter all of theinformation 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 1
400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
The 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.”
On June 2, 2015, the Office of the Assistant
Secretary for Civil Rights’ Policy staff, released Departmental
Regulation (DR) 4300-003, Equal Opportunity Public Notification Policy.
The DR updates the Nondiscrimination Statement and the “And Justice For All” poster. Provided is the a link to the DR -http://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/DR-EqualOppotunity.pdf. Please note the USDA Nondiscrimination Statement provided above is appropriate for all Child Nutrition Programs.
If you have any questions please contact DESE, Food and Nutrition Services at 573-751-3526.