The SMP provides reimbursement for milk served to children in schools, child care institutions, and eligible camps that do not participate in other U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Programs. Schools in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or School Breakfast Program (SBP) may also 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 USDA's school meal programs.
The SMP requires specific types of milk for each age group.
- Age 1: Unflavored whole milk
- Ages 2-5: Unflavored low-fat (1%) milk or unflavored fat-free milk
- Ages 6 and older: Unflavored low-fat (1%) milk, unflavored fat-free milk, or flavored fat-free milk
Milk must meet all state and local standards, and contain vitamins A and D at levels specified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Comparison of Meal Pattern Requirements for the Milk Component in School Nutrition Programs (CSDE)
- CSDE Operational Memorandum 06-19: Summary of Federal and State Milk Requirements for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO) of the NSLP, Afterschool Snack Program (ASP) of the NSLP, and Special Milk Program (SMP)
- SMP Fact Sheet (USDA)
- Claim Submission Schedule for Child Nutrition Programs
- Online Application and Claiming System for Connecticut Child Nutrition Programs
- Operational Memoranda for School Nutrition Programs
- Program Guidance for School Nutrition Programs
Nondiscrimination Statements (USDA and CSDE)