> Rhode Island Special Milk Program
The Special Milk Program encourages the consumption of milk by children in public and private nonprofit schools, and in nonprofit residential or non-residential childcare institutions, provided they do not also participate in other Federal meal service programs. However, schools in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs which operate split-session pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs may participate in the Special Milk Program to provide milk to children in those programs who do not have access to the lunch or breakfast programs.
General Program Requirements:
Any child in a school or institution that participates in the Special Milk Program can get milk. Schools may elect to offer free milk to low-income children. In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Rhode Island, your household's annual income before taxes must not exceed $20,036 if one person lives in the household; $26,955 if two people live in the household; $33,874 if three people live in the household; $40,793 if four people live in the household; $47,712 if five people live in the household; $54,631 if six people live in the household; $61,550 if seven people live in the household; and $68,469 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $6,919 for each additional person in the home.
To apply for the Special Milk program, directly contact your child??s school, camp, or child care institution to find out if it participates in the Special Milk Program.
The Federal agency Child Nutrition Programs manages this program and provides state contact information here:
Additionally, your state education agency can also provide you with more information about the program.
Program Contact Information:
To learn more about the Rhode Island Special Milk Program (SMP), please visit:
For more information regarding SMP, please call the Nutrition Program Specialist Kathy Kendall at:
Or e-mail at:
You may also contact your local school district if you have other inquiries regarding the program.