Special Milk Program
The Special Milk Program (SMP) provides federal reimbursement for milk served
to children in schools and child care institutions that do not participate in
federal meal programs.
How does it work?
Participating schools and institutions receive
reimbursement for each half-pint of fluid milk served. The milk program must be
operated on a non-profit basis. The reimbursement must be used to reduce the
selling price of milk to the children.
Who may participate?
Any school or non-profit child care
institution, including summer camps and temporary shelters, may participate in
the SMP provided it does not participate in a meal service program, e.g., The National School Lunch Program (NSLP)Opens In A New Window. Schools that do participate in the NSLP or the SBP may participate in the
SMP to provide milk to children in half-day pre-kindergarten and kindergarten
programs where the children do not have access to either of the school meal
How do children qualify for free milk?
Sponsors of the SMP have
the option of offering milk free to qualifying children. Any child from a family
that meets income guidelines established by the United
States Department of Agriculture (USDA)Opens In A New Window may receive free milk.