Recipients of USDA assistance are required to provide notice to their beneficiaries of USDA’s policy not to discriminate against any person. The nondiscrimination statement shown below must be posted in all recipient offices and included, in full, on all materials that are produced by the recipient for public information, education, or distribution regarding such recipients’ programs:
“In accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability (not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
To file a complaint of discrimination, write to: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D. C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202 720-6382 (TDD).”
If the material is too small to permit the full nondiscrimination statement to be included, the material will, at a minimum, include the following shortened statement (in print size no smaller than the text):
“This institution is an equal opportunity provider, and employer.”
To comply with this requirement, the nondiscrimination statement must be placed on all printed material. Statements on existing printed material must be replaced with the new nondiscrimination statement. Letterhead, newspaper advertisements, news releases, and new printed material must contain the new nondiscrimination statement.