Program Description

The Special Milk Program (SMP) provides milk to children in schools and other institutions that do not participate in other Federal meal service programs.

The program reimburses schools and other institutions for milk served. Schools participating in the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program may also participate in the SMP if the milk is provided to children who do not have access to the school meal programs (for example, children in half-day kindergarten and pre-kindergarten programs).

General Program Requirements

Any child at a participating school or other institution may receive half pints of milk through the SMP.

If a child’s household meets the income eligibility guidelines for free school meals, then they are eligible for free milk in the SMP. Please visit the School Meals Income Eligibility Guidelines webpage to determine income eligibility.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Potential applicants may contact their State agency to learn more. State agency contact information is available on the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) School Meals Contacts webpage.

Program Contact Information

State agency contact information is available on the School Meal Contacts webpage. To find specific FNS contacts, visit the FNS Contact Us webpage.

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number10.556
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Funding TypeMandatory
Matching Funds RequiredNo

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