The School Nutrition Special Milk Program (SMP) provides milk to students in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve that do not have access to other Federal child nutrition meal service programs (i.e. National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP)).
School Food Authorities (SFAs) are reimbursed for milk served to students in half-pint increments. There is no federal requirement to offer milk at no charge, rather pricing is based on the option selected by the school.
SMP POS Templates can be found under the SMP-only requirements section of this page.
SFAs must choose one of the following pricing options:
Pricing (with Free Milk Option)
Pricing Program (without Free Milk Option)
Allowable Milk Types
Pasteurized fluid milk meeting state and local standards, having vitamins A and D at levels specified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- 1 year old: Unflavored whole milk must be served.
- 2-5 years old (not yet in kindergarten): Unflavored low-fat (1%) or fat-free (skim) milk is permitted. Flavored milk is not permitted for children two through five years old in a preschool setting. Students enrolled in kindergarten that are five years old may follow the NSLP milk requirements, which allows for fat-free (skim) or low-fat (1%) flavored or unflavored milk.
- 6 years old and older: Flavored or unflavored fat-free (skim) or low-fat (1%) milk is permitted
Milk sold to adults, as a la carte, or used in meal prep cannot be claimed for reimbursement.