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Office of P-20 Education Policy
Child Nutrition Program Administration
89 Washington Avenue, Room 375 EBA, Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 473-8781 Fax: (518) 473-0018

School Food Service Directors/Managers
Frances N. O'Donnell, Coordinator
Friday, May 11, 2012
Special Milk Program 2012-2013 School Year

Effective for the 2012-2013 school year, schools participating in the Special Milk Program should only be providing fat-free (skim) milk or low-fat (one percent) milk to students.  Neither, whole milk, nor two percent milk, should be available.  This change in policy by USDA is to ensure that the milk offerings in the Special Milk Program are consistent with those of the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program required by the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.  The goal is to reduce childhood obesity.  

If your school chooses to offer flavored milk, the USDA recommends it be flavored fat-free milk.

Schools participating in the Special Milk Program should notify their dairies immediately of these changes in order to be in compliance for 2012-2013.

Attached are Questions and Answers regarding the Special Milk Program.  Any questions on this policy should be directed to a Child Nutrition Representative at 518-473-8781.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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