Allowable Milk Types
- 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
- Use the template SMP-Only Household Letter to communicate program information to households.
- Note: This letter must be used in SFAs with NSLP and SBP that offer SMP to split session, half-day pre-kindergarten, or kindergarten students not found on a sibling's free and reduced meal application.
Counting and Claiming
Point of Service
half-pint cost + $0.02-$0.05 (administrative costs) - reimbursement = half-pint price X 180 operating days = annual fee
- Temperature and Cleaning Log for Milk Coolers
- Required Standard Operating Procedures (see the Food Safety webpage)
- Use of Insulated Milk Barrels: Time as a Public Health Control Option
- Use of Milk Barrels: Monitoring of Temperature Option
- Use of Milk Bags: Monitoring of Temperature Option
Read more about procurement requirements
Q: What procurement procedures do schools follow to secure milk contracts?
A: All SFAs must meet federal procurement (purchasing) requirements by documenting efforts to maximize open and free competition. Depending on the value of the purchase, the schools has several options.
Read about Micro Purchase Method (purchases costing less than $10,000)
Read about Small Purchase Method (purchases costing less than $250,000)
Read about Formal Procurement Method (purchases costing more than $250,000)
- Introduction to Procurement
- Micro Purchase Method
- Small Purchase Method
All milk served and claimed in the SMP must be fat-free (skim) milk, low-fat (1%) milk, fat-free or low-fat lactose reduced milk, fat-free or low-fat lactose-free milk, fat-free or low-fat buttermilk, or fat-free or low-fat acidified milk.
Pasteurized fluid milk must be served. It may be unflavored, or flavored for children 6 years and older. Children 2-5 years old must be served unflavored milk. Children 1 year of age must be served unflavored whole milk. There is no requirement that a variety be offered.
Special Dietary Needs