The Special Milk Program (SMP) provides milk to children in schools and childcare institutions who do not participate in other Federal meal service programs. The program reimburses schools for the milk they serve. Schools in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs may also participate in 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.
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 North Carolina.
In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
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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 on the School Meals Contacts page.
Additionally, your state education agency can also provide you with more information about the program on the School Nutrition Services page.