Special Milk Program (SMP)


Special Milk Program (SMP) provides payment for milk to children who do not have access to other meal programs and may be offered by public, private, and non-profit schools, or camps. Schools in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the National School Breakfast Programs (NSBP) may also participate in this program which provides milk to children in half-day Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten programs who do not have access to the school meal programs.

SMP is a Federally funded program that provides funds to states. These funds are to reimburse sponsors from a set amount, or up to the full price of the milk served to low income children.

Special Milk Program

Special Milk Program
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

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Qualifying and Applying

Public, Private or Non-profit Schools, or camp sponsors can qualify for the Special Milk Program (SMP) if they have children enrolled who do not have access to other meal programs.

Special Milk Program Institution Application

Please contact the Utah State Board of Education Child Nutrition Program (CNP) for assistance understanding qualification requirements or if you need assistance with the application process.


Please contact the Utah State Board of Education Child Nutrition Program (CNP) for training requests.


Special Milk Program

Reimbursement Rates

Reimbursement rates differ depending on which Special Milk option each sponsor has elected. The following reimbursement rates are effective from July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.

Option 1 (Regular):

  • All Milk: $0.2150

Option 2 (Free):

  • Paid Milk: $0.2150
  • Free Milk: Average Cost per Half Pint of Milk

Option 3 (Non-Pricing):

  • All Milk: $0.2150

Reimbursement Claims

Claims are due to the Utah State Board of Education:

  • no later than the fourth working day after the participating month
  • claims submitted after the fourth working day are considered late
  • there is a 60-day grace period to submit a late claim

Claim amendments that result in an upward amendment (additional reimbursement) must be received by the state agency within 60 days after the end of the month being amended. Downward amendments may be submitted anytime.

An exception for an upward amendment to a claim which exceeds the 90-day period may be granted with state agency approval if the circumstances that caused the amendment were beyond their control (fire, flood, disaster). This formal request must address the problem contributing to the lateness of the amendment and outline the actions to be taken to avoid future late amended claims. This exception is only available to a sponsor once every three years.


In coordination with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) our office distributes policy memorandums to provide guidance and clarify program requirements and regulations.

Memorandum: New Bulletin Distribution Explanation
A quick tutorial on how our office structures and distributes policy.

Highlighted USDA/FNS Policy Bulletins/Memorandums

The following policy bulletins/memorandums provide urgent or highly requested content:

For all other related policy information, please refer to the Utah State Board of Education National School Lunch Program (NSLP).