Child and Nutrition Program

Wellness Policy

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)(link is external) found online at: How to File a Complaint(link is external), 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: sends e-mail).

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

St. John’s food program will provide substitutions for students who are considered to have a disability under 7 CFR 15b.3 and whose disability restricts their diet. 7 CFR 210.10(m)

Summer Meals Program

During the school year, 30 million children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch. But when school is out, many of the children relying on these school meals, go hungry. Summer Meal Programs help close that gap. Summer Meals give children the nutrition they need so they are ready to learn when they return to school; click on the link below for more information on Sumer Meals programming, including sites that serve summer meals at no cost:






The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) uses the Healthy Eating Index (HEI) to provide a data-driven understanding of diet quality in the United States over time. The HEI-2015 can be used to see how well the diets of Americans align with the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines

The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines were designed to help Americans eat a healthier diet. Intended for policymakers and health professionals, this edition of the Dietary Guidelines outlines how people can improve their overall eating patterns — the complete combination of foods and drinks in their diet. This edition offers 5 overarching Guidelines and a number of Key Recommendations with specific nutritional targets and dietary limits.

How to Obtain Your Copy of the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

You can download the Dietary Guidelines [PDF – 10.8 MB] or order a hard copy.

Businesses and industry professionals can purchase copies from the U.S. Government Bookstore.

Additionally, a free ePub download is available through Apple iBooks, Barnes and Noble NOOK Books, Google Play Books, and Overdrive — use ISBN: 9780160934650 to find it through their platforms or the U.S. Government Bookstore.This link is external to

NYS Wellness Policy Assessment