NY wins bid to provide Greek yogurt to schools across three states

By Anna Norris

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NY wins bid to provide Greek yogurt to schools across three states

August 29, 2014 Updated Aug 29, 2014 at 2:04 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) New York’s Upstate Niagara Cooperative, based in Buffalo, has been awarded a contract to provide Greek yogurt to public schools across three states.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer made the announcement Friday.

Upstate Niagra will provide 142,700 pounds of Greek yogurt to New York, Arizona and Tennessee.

It's part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) School Lunch Program Pilot.

The program will run through the end of the school year in June 2015. The USDA will then consider bids for the next school year.

“I am proud to announce that New York-made Greek yogurt will again be making its way to school lunchrooms across the country,” said Schumer. “This is a major win for Western New York, as well as the entire New York dairy industry. I commend USDA for selecting Upstate Niagara, one of the premier dairy cooperatives in the country, and I look forward to hearing rave reviews from students around the country.”

Upstate Niagara is a farmer-owned cooperative, consisting of more than 360 family-owned dairy farms throughout Western New York.

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