Chobani chosen for school lunch pilot

By Matt Hicks

Chobani chosen for school lunch pilot

July 26, 2013 Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 9:43 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) A pilot program looking at the feasibility of Greek yogurt as options on school lunch menus now has a supplier -- Chenango County-based Chobani.

"This is the next step in ensuring that New York school children have access to a more nutritious, protein-rich product, which benefits our New York Greek yogurt producers and dairy farmers to boot," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., in a statement.

The program is being run by the United States Department of Agriculture and is set to begin September 2013.

“New York State is home to a strong and growing Greek yogurt industry. 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, while strengthening New York’s own dairy industry,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in a statement.

"This is good news for our state’s growing Greek yogurt industry, as well as the hardworking Upstate dairy farmers who support it. I will continue to pursue policies that promote this important key driver of our economy in central New York,” said Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., in a statement.

New York is one of four states included in the pilot program. If successful, it could spread across the country.

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