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Rhode Island Special Milk Program Benefits

Program Description

The Special Milk Program encourages the consumption of milk by children in public and private nonprofit schools, and in nonprofit residential or non-residential childcare institutions, provided they do not also participate in other Federal meal service programs. However, schools in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs which operate split-session pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs may participate in the Special Milk Program to provide milk to children in those programs who do not have access to the lunch or breakfast programs.

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. For this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Rhode Island.

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, 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.

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

Program Contact Information

To learn more, please visit the Rhode Island Special Milk Program (SMP).
For more information regarding SMP, please call the Nutrition Program Specialist Kathy Kendall at: 401-222-4600
Or e-mail at: [email protected]
You may also contact your local school district if you have other inquiries regarding the program.