THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
Office of P-20 Education Policy
Due to the unexpected nationwide shortage of paper milk cartons, many School Food Authorities (SFAs) are not able to obtain milk in half pints for their school meals programs. Although SFAs are expected to meet the fluid milk requirements to the greatest extent possible, supply chain disruptions, including disruptions that limit milk variety or affect serving size, are considered a temporary emergency condition. In these instances, SFAs are allowed to serve and claim meals during the emergency period by:
- pouring milk from larger containers into individual cups,
- offering one type of milk instead of a variety,
- offering an alternate form of fluid milk such as low-fat or fat-free lactose-free milk or reduced-lactose fluid milk, or
- as a last resort, not offer fluid milk altogether.
Please be advised that juice cannot be offered in place of the milk component. SFAs must still adhere to the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program meal requirement that no more than half of the fruit or vegetable offerings may be in the form of juice.
SFAs are expected to maintain documentation of the milk disruption and the procedures implemented during the emergency period. SFAs are only required to notify the New York State Education Department, Office of Child Nutrition at CN@nysed.gov if the SFA is unable to serve any form of milk.
Please contact the Child Nutrition Office for additional assistance.