Pre-Eligibility: Special Milk (SMP)

The Special Milk Program (SMP) provides milk to children in schools, child care institutions and eligible camps that do not participate in other child nutrition meal service programs.

Your Organization may be eligible for the SMP if:

  • Your organization is not already participating in National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), (Child and Adult Care Program (CACFP) or Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
  • Your organization is participating in the NSLP and/or SBP and has split-session kindergartens in which children do not have access to meal service.
  • Your organization administers one or more public or charter schools and has been issued a county/district number by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
  • Your nonprofit organization administers one or more private schools of high school grade or under, recognized as part of the educational system in Texas.
  • Your public or private nonprofit organization administers one or more residential child care institutions, which operate principally for the care of the children, and if private, is licensed to provide residential child care services.
  • Your public or private nonprofit organization is responsible for the administration of one or more nonprofit licensed child care centers, nonprofit summer camps, settlement houses, homeless shelters or similar groups caring for or training children.

You are not eligible if your public or private organization operates:

  • Residential summer camps (may be eligible to participate in the Summer Food Service Program)
  • Job Corps Centers funded by the Department of Labor
  • Private foster homes.


If you believe that you meet the requirements and would like to apply for the SMP, go to the SNP Application.

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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