Civil Rights


All programs receiving Federal dollars must ensure eligible participants know about and have equal access to Child Nutrition Programs. This manual provides an overview of the requirements: Civil Rights Requirements for Child Nutrition Programs in Arkansas

The following serves as a checklist for annual civil rights requirements. This resource is designed to be used by school programs to ensure compliance with civil rights regulations. Civil Rights Checklist for Child Nutrition Programs


Improving Access to Public Websites and Digital Services for Limited English Proficient (LEP) Persons. This tool is designed as a guide for government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses which use websites or digital services that provides information and services to the public, accepts applications, and manages accounts. This resource provides excellent examples of how the USDA and our federally assisted programs and activities can improve language access to our services.

Procedures for Child Nutrition Staff to Provide Language Assistance Services for Individuals with LEP

And Justice for All Posters-  The Civil Rights poster is required to be displayed in a prominent location at each site where it is visible to all participants of Child Nutrition Programs. Contact ADE, CNU at (501) 324-9502 if additional copies of the poster are needed.

7 CFR 15 – Non-Discrimination(Electronic Code of Federal Regulations)

FNS Instruction 113-1  Civil Rights Compliance and Enforcement – Nutrition Programs and Activities

USDA’s Civil Rights web page  

USDA Assistance Tagline Translation

Sample Civil Rights Training, which can be updated by the district to include district-level information

Civil Rights Training for Breakfast in the Classroom Teachers(adapted from Colorado Child Nutrition Programs)

FIN-15-114 Guidance on Prohibition of Separation by Gender during Child Nutrition Program Meal Service

Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in School Meal Programs, USDA webinar, April 2017 

How to File a Complaint of Discrimination (English) (Spanish)