Special Milk Program for Children
To provide subsidies to schools and institutions to encourage the consumption of fluid milk by children.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
46.1 million half pints of milk served 45.2 million half pints of milk served.Fiscal Year 2017
41.5 million half pints of milk served.Fiscal Year 2019
35 million half pints of milk estimated to be served.Fiscal Year 2020
33 million half pints of milk estimated to be served.
Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 1772 and 1779
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
The State, including the District of Columbia, or U.S. Territory as applicable, administers this program. Public and nonprofit private school of high school grade or under, and public and private nonprofit residential and nonresidential child care institutions, except Job Corps centers, may participate in this program upon request if they do not participate in a meal service program authorized under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966. This generally includes nonprofit nursery schools, child care centers, settlement houses and summer camps. Schools with split session kindergarten and pre-kindergarten programs can receive subsidies for milk served to children in the split session kindergartens and pre-kindergartens that do not have access to another meal service program operating in the school. All schools and child care institutions that participate must agree to operate this program on a nonprofit basis for all children without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, age or disability.
All children enrolled in participating schools and institutions who do not have access to other Child Nutrition Programs, may participate in this program.
Applicant organizations must furnish evidence of nonprofit status. Costs will be determined in accordance with USDA Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Schools and institutions in all States apply to the State education agency, unless the State is approved for a waiver to designate an alternate agency. Appropriate forms may be obtained from the administering agency.
The State agency reviews the written application of the school or child care institution and, upon determination of eligibility, makes a written agreement for participation in this program.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Agreements are effective upon approval of the State Agency.
Agreements are permanent; amended as necessary.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Funds are made available to State agencies to encourage the consumption of fluid milk by children in public and private, nonprofit schools of high school grade and under, public and private, nonprofit nursery schools, child care centers, settlement houses, summer camps, and similar nonprofit institutions devoted to the care and training of children, except Job Corps centers, provided that these schools and institutions do not participate in a meal service program authorized under the National School Lunch Act or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966. The Child Nutrition Amendments of 1986 expanded eligibility to include children in split session kindergarten and pre-kindergarten programs in nonprofit schools and institutions that do not have access to the Federal meal service program operating in schools the children attend. Disbursement to States is made on the basis of the number of half-pints of milk served to non-needy children, using a reimbursement rate specified by law. Milk served free to eligible needy children is reimbursed at the average cost of a half-pint of milk. Please refer to regulations: 7 CFR Part 215 -- Special Milk Program; 7 CFR Part 235 -- State Administrative Expense; 7 CFR Part 245 -- Free and Reduced Price Eligibility.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Schools and institutions must maintain full and accurate records of Special Milk Program operations. Such records must be retained for a period of 3 years after the end of the fiscal year to which they pertain except that, if audit findings have not been resolved, the records must be retained as long as required for their resolution. This program is subject to periodic audits.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
For the period covered by the agreement on a fiscal year basis. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See the Food and Nutrition Service Regional Offices listed at https://www.fns.usda.gov/fns-regional-offices
3101 Park Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302 US
(Formula Grants) FY 18$8,767,000.00; FY 19 est $8,065,000.00; FY 20 est $7,185,000.00; FY 17$8,491,000.00; FY 16$9,187,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
State grants vary according to participation in this program.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program regulations are codified at 7 CFR Parts 215 and 245. Other information is on the FNS website at https://www.fns.usda.gov/smp/special-milk-program
Examples of Funded Projects