Chobani, Upstate Niagara chosen to provide Greek yogurt for expanded pilot program

Created: 06/19/2014 1:14 PM WHEC.com

Chobani in Batavia has been awarded a one-month contract to provide its yogurt to public schools across seven states. This is part of the USDA’s School Lunch Program Pilot.

"I am proud to announce that New York-made Greek yogurt will make its way to school lunchrooms across the country starting in August," said Senator Charles Schumer. "This is a major win for New York State and the entire New York dairy industry and is proof positive that Greek yogurt is a true economic engine for the state.”

Officials tell News10NBC the states will include New York, Arizona, Idaho, California, Iowa, Illinois and Mississippi. Chobani will provide its yogurt from the start of the school year in August through September. Upstate Niagara Cooperative will provide its yogurt to schools in Arizona.

The expansion of this pilot program comes after receiving the results of the original three-month program. During that time, officials say 200,000 pounds and $300,000 worth of Greek yogurt was consumed.

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