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Special Milk Program Benefits

Program Description

The Special Milk Program provides milk to children in schools and childcare institutions that do not participate in other Federal meal service programs.

The program reimburses schools for the milk served. Schools in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs may also participate in the Special Milk Program to provide half-pints of milk to children in half-day kindergarten and pre-kindergarten programs where children do not have access to the school meal programs.

General Program Requirements

Any child at a participating school, camp, or half-day kindergarten or pre-kindergarten program can receive half pints of milk through the Special Milk Program.

If a child is from a family that meets the income guidelines for free meals, then they are eligible for this program. Please visit the School Meals "Income Eligibility Guidelines" page, to determine income eligibility.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

To apply, contact your states Child Nutrition Program director.

Please visit the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) Child Nutrition Programs State Locator Tool which provides program and state contact information.   

Program Contact Information

For more information, please contact your state's agency or you may also contact us through the Communication Division at 703-305-2281.

Additional Information

Current Method of Tribal Eligibility: Program not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Funding Type: Mandatory
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.556
Matching Funds Required: No