|DATE:||October 26, 2015|
|SUBJECT:||FMNP Policy Memorandum #2016-1 Updated Nondiscrimination Statement for Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Materials|
Special Nutrition Programs
|FMNP State Agency Coordinators|
This policy memorandum transmits changes from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights regarding the appropriate nondiscrimination statement to use on Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) materials. This policy memorandum supersedes, Civil Rights Memorandum, USDA Nondiscrimination Statement Update, dated May 24, 2013, and the last issued FMNP Policy Memorandum 2010-1 dated April 15, 2010.
Per FMNP Regulations §248.7 (a), the state agency shall comply with the requirements of title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Department of Agriculture regulations on nondiscrimination (7 CFR parts 15, 15a and 15b), and FNS instructions to ensure that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under the Program. Compliance with title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and regulations and instructions issued thereunder shall include, but not be limited to: notification to the public of the nondiscrimination policy and complaint rights of participants and potentially eligible persons.
FMNP state agencies are required to update FMNP related materials by the dates indicated in the attached memo.
States that have questions regarding the attached memo should contact their respective regional Civil Rights Director.
Debra R. Whitford
Supplemental Food Programs Division