Managing Agency Mississippi

Program Description

The Special Milk Program is designed to encourage fluid milk consumption by selling milk to students at the lowest possible price and serving milk free to students determined to be eligible. This program is not available to schools participating in the National School Breakfast or Lunch Programs. The Special Milk Program is restricted to children who do not have available any other Child Nutrition Programs. The subsidy for milk is determined annually and is a set reimbursement rate. The school district must cover the cost not covered by the reimbursement. This may include the cost of labor to handle the milk storage, equipment depreciation, paper supplies, and other overhead. School districts interested in this program may call the Office of Child Nutrition for the current regulations and funding rates.

General Program Requirements

Any child in a school or institution that participates in the Special Milk Program can get milk. Schools may elect to offer free milk to low-income children. In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Mississippi.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,978
2 $29,637
3 $37,296
4 $44,955
5 $52,614
6 $60,273
7 $67,950
8 $75,646

*For households with more than eight people, add $7,696 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

To apply for the Special Milk Program, directly contact your child's school, camp, or child care institution to find out if it participates in the Special Milk Program.

The Federal agency, Child Nutrition Programs, manages this program and provides state contact information here:

Additionally, your state education agency can also provide you with more information about the program:

Program Contact Information

To visit the Mississippi Special Milk Program on the web, please go to the Mississippi Special Milk Program page. 

You may also contact your local school district if you have other inquiries regarding the program.

For more information, please call the Department of Education Food and Nutrition Service office toll-free at:

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