About the Program
The Special Milk Program (SMP) provides milk to children in schools, child care institutions, and eligible summer camps that do not participate in other Federal child nutrition meal service programs. The program reimburses sponsors for the milk they serve.
Schools in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs also may 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.
School Food Authorities (SFAs) can choose to operate under any one of the three SMP Pricing Options below. Details about each plan can be found on the Special Milk Program pricing options page.
Milk is not sold to children. Milk is provided without charge, included in tuition or boarding fees, or paid by private donations or endowments.
Milk will not be provided for free to children eligible for free milk; all children will be charged the same price and in accordance with the appropriate policy statement.
Pricing Plan with Free Milk Option
Milk will be provided for free to children eligible for free milk in accordance with the appropriate policy statement, and children not eligible for free milk will pay the established price.