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Montana Special Milk Program Benefits

Program Description

The Special Milk Program (SMP) provides milk to children in schools and non-profit residential child care institutions that do not participate in other Federal child nutrition meal service programs. Schools in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs may also participate in the SMP to provide milk to children in half-day pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs where children do not have access to the school meal programs. The program reimburses institutions for the milk they serve.

General Program Requirements

Children in a school or institution that participate in the Special Milk Program can receive milk. Schools may elect to offer free milk to low-income children. To see if you meet income eligibility requirements, please visit the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) website and see the current eligibility guidelines.
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 $21,775
2 $29,471
3 $37,167
4 $44,863
5 $52,559
6 $60,255
7 $67,951
8 $75,647

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, contact your child's school or camp to find out if it participates in the Special Milk Program. The Federal agency Child Nutrition Programs manages this program. For further information on the Special Milk Program, see the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) website.

Program Contact Information

For more information regarding the Montana Special Milk Program on the web, please visit Montana's School Programs website.

You may also contact your local school district if you have other inquiries regarding the program. You can also call the Montana Office of Public Instruction at: 406-444-2501.