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Chobani served in lunch pilot program
Rochester, N.Y. - Chobani Greek Yogurt will be the yogurt of choice in a USDA program to serve Greek yogurt in school lunches.
The Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced Friday that the pilot program, which feeds over 30 million children, will begin serving the New York-based yogurt this upcoming school year.
New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirtsin Gillibrand, and N.Y. Representative Richard Hanna were the first New Yorkers to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly four decades:
“New York State is home to a strong and growing Greek yogurt industry,” said Senator Gillibrand. “And when we connect Chobani to lunchrooms across the state and across the country, we can give our children better access to healthy, nutritious food.”
The pilot program tests the cost effectiveness of offering high-protein Greek yogurt in the school lunch program. If the trial is successful, Greek yogurt may become a permanent part of regulated school lunches.
Greek yogurt has twice the protein as regular yogurt, and less sodium and carbohydrates. Schools in Tennessee, Idaho and Arizona will also participate.