Niagara Gazette — “The USDA’s pilot program will serve as an important first step in boosting nutrition for New York students, all while bolstering business for our dairy farmers and Greek yogurt producers alike,” Schumer said.
The USDA is expected to look for information from vendors over the next few weeks. In the letter to Schumer, the USDA said adding Greek yogurt would improve the offerings on its Foods List.
“The list of USDA food product offerings is routinely updated, with new and more healthful products added every year. Protein products are often the most popular items chosen from the list and the inclusion of strained (Greek) yogurt could help create a more rounded set of protein offerings for schools within the USDA Foods program,” USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon said in a statement.
Some educational leaders are on board as well.
“We support the efforts by Senator Schumer and the USDA to provide a healthy alternative with Greek yogurt to our students’ school meal programs,” New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer said in a statement.