The Special Milk Program (SMP) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Program that provides cash reimbursement for milk at a rate of 20.5 cents per half pint served at low or no cost to children. The rate of reimbursement changes annually on July 1. The program can be operated at public and private non-profit schools, residential child care institutions, child care centers, summer camps and other sites sponsored by nonprofit organizations. Schools in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program may also participate in the SMP for preschool and kindergarten students who do not have access to meal programs.
The Minnesota Kindergarten Milk Program (MKMP) is a state funded program that provides cash reimbursement for milk at a rate of 20 cents per half pint per day per child served at low or no cost to kindergarten students. The program may operate in public and private non-profit schools, and boarding schools. Schools that participate in the SMP may also participate in the MKMP.
Read the nondiscrimination statement.
Current Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for this program are available on the U.S. Government Printing Office website:
U.S. Department of Agriculture Memos
Links to key USDA memos on Milk Programs are provided below.
- Q&As: Milk Substitution for Children with Medical or Special Dietary Needs (Non-Disability) (CACFP 04-2010)
Instructions for applying to participate in the Special Milk Program (SMP) and/or the Minnesota Kindergarten Milk Program (MKMP) for the first time - for new applicants only.
Milk Programs - Maximum Price to Charge Students for One-Half Pint of Milk - 5/2/19
How to determine the maximum milk price that may be charged to households.
Adding a Sponsor or Site Application in the Cyber-Linked Interactive Child Nutrition System - 2/20/19
Step by step instructions on how to create sponsor and site applications in CLiCS.
Chart showing 60-day monthly deadlines for claims submission.
Fluid Milk Substitutions in the Child Nutrition Programs - 10/25/18
Non-dairy beverages that meet USDA's fluid milk substitution criteria.
Minnesota Kindergarten Milk Program Fact Sheet - 10/3/18
This document provides an overview of the requirements of the Minnesota Kindergarten Milk Program.
Special Milk Program Fact Sheet - 10/2/18
This document provides an overview of the requirements of the Federal Special Milk Program.
Reimbursement Rates 2018-19 - 8/14/18
Federal and state reimbursement rates paid by School Nutrition Programs to schools for student meals, snacks and milk.
The 60-day monthly claim deadline for USDA child nutrition programs, the limited exceptions, and how to make a request for limited exceptions.
CLiCS User ID Request Form - 5/21/18
Use this form to request organization staff to have access to submit claims and manage the online application.
Safe Food Transportation, Storage and Handling - 5/10/18
Standard operating procedure for foods transported, stored and handled in the Afterschool Snack Program.
Accessing payment information from the Minnesota Management and Budget website.
Milk Programs - Applicant Information Form - 3/29/18
Claim for Reimbursement Quick Step Process for Milk Programs - 10/30/17
Agreement for Milk Programs - 11/17/11
Agreement between the Minnesota Department of Education and a child care institution or school food authority to participate in the Special Milk Program and/or Minnesota Kindergarten Milk Program