About the USDA

The Growing Tree is a participant in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

You may view the non-discrimination poster, And Justice For All, by clicking here.

You may view the 2013 non-discrimination update by clicking here.

You may view the Building for the Future poster by clicking here.

Under the Final Rule: Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs(link is external) (1/26/12) school menus for breakfast and lunch are required to meet dietary specifications (nutrient standards) for calories, saturated fat, and sodium. Find the list of USDA-approved nutrient analysis software here. This site also features information about the software evaluation and approval process, including support materials for software companies who would like to obtain approval for their nutrient analysis software.