Certification Statement

The information contained within this system is confidential and for use by a School Food Authority (SFA) participating in the National School Lunch Program and Pennsylvania Department of Education.  It may not be disclosed to anyone who is not permitted by law to receive it.  Every user of this system acknowledges, by access and use, the confidential nature of the material contained herein, and agrees to prevent the unlawful distribution of this information, intentionally or otherwise.

Section 9(b)(2)(C)(iii) of the National School Lunch Act (42 USC 1758(b)(2)(C)(iii)) authorizes the limited disclosure of children’s free and reduced price meal eligibility information to specific programs or individuals without prior parent/guardian consent.  Additionally, the statute specifies that for any disclosures not authorized by the statute, the consent of children’s parent/guardian must be obtained prior to the disclosure.  Federal or State mandated education programs may have access to children’s confidential meal eligibility status for reporting purposes only.

Any person who publishes, divulges, discloses, or makes known in any manner or to any extent, not authorized by Federal Law (Section 9(b)(2)(C) of the National School Lunch Act USC 1758(B)(2)(C)) or a regulation, any information about a child’s eligibility for free or reduced price meals shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisonment of not more than 1 year, or both.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, 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_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 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
           1400 Independence Avenue, SW
           Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.