Nutrition programs offered through USDA

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Lewiston School Nutrition Program is required to post free information on the USDA program offered to children in the Lewiston School District.

The Maine Department of Education oversees various USDA Food and Nutrition Services programs and initiatives that provide healthy foods to children. Each of these programs helps fight hunger and obesity. Below are brief descriptions and initiatives of federally funded programs in which the Lewiston Public Schools participate:

• School Breakfast Program (SBP): Receives additional financial support in Maine to increase participation and recognize the importance of breakfast to enhance learning.

• National School Lunch Program (NSLP): Provides free or low-cost healthy meals to children. Schools must follow guidelines set by the federal government.

• Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) – nutrition program through the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) to ensure meals and snacks are served nutrition to eligible children and adults in qualifying care settings.

• Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP): Provides a grant to elementary schools that are 50% or more free and reduced price. Funds are used to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to children outside of school meals, often served as snacks, and help students try new foods and increase their fruit and vegetable intake.

• Farm and Sea to School / Harvest of the Month: Promotes Maine grown, raised and caught ingredients in meal delivery to students.

• Summer Food Service Program (SFSP): The National School Lunch Program provides free or low-cost healthy meals to children. Schools must follow guidelines set by the federal government.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights rules and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity). gender and sexual orientation), disability, age, or retaliation or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be available in languages ​​other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or the USDA TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form ( 20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002 -508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf) from any USDA office, call (866) 632-9992, or write USDA with the name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) of the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed form or letter AD-3027 should be mailed to USDA at: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, US Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-9410; fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; Or email: [email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

The Maine Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, religion, ancestry, or national origin.

Complaints of discrimination should be filed with the Maine Human Rights Commission office, 51 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0051 or visit the Human Rights Commission website ( /mhrc/file /instructions) and complete an intake questionnaire.

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