Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

Nutrition Requirements for Fluid Milk


Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

Purpose: Policy, Beneficial Information

To: School Nutrition Program Sponsors

Attention: Food Service Directors

Number: SNP-13-2016

Date: June 2016

Reference: U.S Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service Policy Memorandum SP 29-2011

Supersedes: USDA-SNP-07-2011: Nutrition Requirements for Fluid Milk

Subject: Nutrition Requirements for Fluid Milk


This Management Bulletin (MB) supersedes MB USDA-SNP-07-2011: Nutrition Requirements for Fluid Milk (June 2011) and provides clarification to National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program sponsors on the requirements for fluid milk.

Background

On December 13, 2010, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA), reauthorizing the child nutrition programs. The HHFKA amended Section 9(a)(2)(A) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, modifying requirements for fluid milk. It removes the requirement that schools must serve milk in a variety of fat contents and instead requires that schools offer at least two milk choices from fat-free or low-fat (1 percent) fluid milk options.

The Institute of Medicine recommended this change to align the School Nutrition Programs with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Requirements

To comply with these requirements, school food authorities must offer at least two milk choices.

Pasteurized, fluid types of milk that meet state and local standards and contain vitamins A and D at levels specified by the Food and Drug Administration must be offered. All milk must be fat-free or low-fat. Milk with higher fat content is not allowed. Fluid milk may be flavored or unflavored. Low-fat or fat-free, lactose-free, and reduced-lactose fluid milk may also be offered.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this MB, please contact Lori Porter, Child Nutrition Consultant, Southern School Nutrition Programs Unit (SNPU) by phone at 916-322-1454 or by e-mail at lporter@cde.ca.gov, or Mia Bertacchi, Child Nutrition Assistant, Northern SNPU, by phone at 916-445-1261 or by e-mail at mbertacchi@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Related Content
  • NSLP and SBP Meal Patterns
    Includes meal pattern requirements, online trainings, resources, compliance, policy guidance, and questions and answers for sponsors participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.
  • School Nutrition Programs Management Bulletins
    School Nutrition Programs (SNP) management bulletins for sponsors of the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program, and State Meal Program.
Recently Posted in Nutrition
  • Extended: CNAC Student Recruitment (added 14-May-2024)
    The Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC) is accepting student member applications through May 21, 2024.
  • Local Agency Procurement Review List of Operators (added 10-May-2024)
    Program operators scheduled for the School Year 2024-25 off-site local agency procurement review.
  • SFSP Application Deadline is May 15 (added 09-May-2024)
    The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division would like to remind you that your summer meal application packets for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) are due May 15.
  • CNAC Student Member Recruitment Reminder (added 07-May-2024)
    The California Department of Education is currently recruiting applicants for the Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC) student member position.
  • USDA Final Rule: School Meal Standards (added 07-May-2024)
    This information announces the release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Final Rule for Child Nutrition Programs: Meal Patterns Consistent with the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

  • Cargill Meat Solutions Recalls Ground Beef Product (added 03-May-2024)
    Cargill Meat Solutions Recalls Ground Beef Products due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination.
  • Summer Meals: Rural Non-congregate Meal Service (added 03-May-2024)
    This management bulletin provides guidance on rural non-congregate meal service options in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO), collectively referred to as the Summer Meal Programs (SMP).
  • CNAC Student Member Recruitment (added 03-May-2024)
    The State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC) is currently accepting applications for the student member position.
  • Summer EBT 2024 Benefit Issuance Timeline Update (added 03-May-2024)
    This communication provides additional information for school food authorities (SFA) about the 2024 Summer EBT (S-EBT) benefit issuance timeline and provides valuable resources SFAs may use when communicating with households.
  • Non-congregate Meal Service Options in Rural Areas (added 29-Apr-2024)
    This management bulletin provides guidance on non-congregate meal service options in rural areas in the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option.