January 10, 2012

Assistance Required for Limited English Proficient (LEP) Households

Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and under 7 C.F.R. 245.6(a)(2) of the National School Lunch program regulations, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) have a responsibility to be aware of the language needs of Limited English Proficient (LEP) households and ensure these households have access to the same information other parents have in a manner they can easily understand.

LEAs are encouraged to include the food service department when planning outreach to LEP parents to ensure that all households served by the LEA are adequately notified about the Child Nutrition Programs. By taking the steps described below, LEAs can help ensure that low-income children whose parents or guardians' primary language is not English can get the school meals for which they are eligible.