Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the following statement in response to New York State’s interest in taking part in the Greek Yogurt pilot program that Schumer worked to establish and announced in January. Since Schumer’s joint announcement of the first-ever program with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the USDA has issued a Request for Information from potential yogurt vendors and producers on their ability to supply strained yogurt, and particularly at Schumer’s request, has asked New York State and its school boards to participate in a federal pilot to use USDA entitlement dollars toward acquiring this product.
“Today we are one step closer to getting New York-made, healthy and protein-rich Greek Yogurt on school lunch menus across New York and even the country. It is a positive step that New York State plans to participate in this pioneer pilot program, which will boost nutrition for New York students, all while bolstering business for our dairy farmers and Greek Yogurt producers alike. I am pleased that Governor Cuomo has joined in this effort.”
– U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer