NORWICH, N.Y. (AP) - Sen. Charles Schumer wants to make it more affordable for public schools to serve Greek yogurt, a move he says would expose more students to the high-protein food and boost a flourishing New York business.
Schumer sent a letter Monday to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking that he modify the school lunch program to incorporate Greek yogurt as a high-protein meat alternative. Schumer says current nutritional standards do not treat Greek yogurt differently from traditional yogurt, despite the higher protein content and cost of Greek yogurt.
Schumer says a change in standards would make it easier for schools to purchase smaller, less costly servings of Greek yogurt.
Schumer promoted his case Monday in visits to two major Greek yogurt producers in upstate New York, Chobani and Fage.