PATERSON, NJ  – Paterson Public Schools Food Services Department today released the following message from the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding the 2020 Summer Food Service Program.

The Paterson Board of Education will be participating in the 2020 Summer Food Service Program from July 6 to August 21, 2020.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federal program of the Food and Nutrition Services, United States Department of Agriculture.  This program provides all children 18 years of age and under with the same free meal in accordance with a menu approved by the state agency.

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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, disability, age, 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: 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:


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

For more information regarding the 2020 Summer Food Service Program, please contact David Buchholtz, Director of Food Services for the Paterson Board of Education at (973) 321-0950.