In the United States, the Special Milk Program, sometimes known as the School Milk Program, offers federal reimbursements for milk served to children in an eligible participating outlet, which includes schools, child care institutions, settlement houses, homeless shelters, or summer camps. This federal aid program is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).
Depending on income, a student may buy subsidized "paid milk", or receive free milk. The Milk Program was designed as a form of agricultural subsidy to dairy farmers, as well as a means of raising milk consumption among school children.
Originally, the program was variously referred to as either the School Milk Program, the Special Milk Program, or the Special School Milk Program. The "School Milk Program" name is still used by some sources.
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