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Special Milk Program

The Special Milk Program provides milk to children in schools, child care institutions and eligible camps that do not participate in other Federal child nutrition meal service programs. The program reimburses schools and institutions for the milk they serve.

Schools in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs may also participate in the Special Milk Program to provide milk to children in half-day pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs where children do not have access to the school meal programs.

Schools that choose this option have three choices

  1. Sell milk to all students and receive the All-Milk reimbursement rate.
  2. Eligibility for Free milk is determined by confidential applications or direct certification. Schools offering this option receive the Free Milk reimbursement (the average price the school pays for each half-pint of milk) served to free-eligible students and the Paid Milk reimbursement for students who must pay for their milk.
  3. Offer milk to all students at no cost and receive the All-Milk reimbursement rate.

Confidential Family Applications for Free Milk

2023-2024 Federal Income Guidelines.  (Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines (EIG) do not apply to Special Milk Program sponsors)

Applications (Oregon EIG does not apply to Special Milk Program sponsors.   Please disregard the Oregon Expanded Income Group question in the "For School Use Only" section.

Letter to Households

Eligibility Notification Documents

Direct Certification Notification for Free Milk

Special Milk Program Records

For additional information or questions, contact the Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs by
Email: ODE School Nutrition or Phone: 503-947-5894.