Pilot Program Expands


By Rachel Holt

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The USDA will be expanding a pilot program to provide Greek yogurt in school meal programs.

This year Idaho, New York, Arizona, and Tennessee participated.

Following a successful pilot program...

Chobani Yogurt will provide their Greek yogurt to four more states across the country.

Favorite yogurt flavors of all kinds are making their way to the 31.6 million school lunches served daily in the U.S.

Chobani is doing their part to make meals healthier by giving schools access to their nutritious yogurt.

"The students were really happy and accepted it very well. They are aware of it because of our plant here. They tried it and ate it and I think it's a real positive thing,” explains Susan Henderson, Child Nutrition Supervisor, Twin Falls School District.

Chobani's Greek Yogurt provides more protein than regular yogurt and is made of natural ingredients.

"It's more healthy; it contains more protein. It's made from cows that don't have hormones. It's just an overall good product for the kids," Henderson points out.

"It's just really healthy for you and it’s good flavors," says fifth grader Ava Otero.

Since the program started in August, 200 thousand pounds of Chobani have been provided throughout the four states.

"It's about 200 cases per month of what we got... our food service workers and managers said the kids were really excited about it, so from our part of the food service it was a great thing for us," Henderson explains.

The appeal of the pilot program is not lost on the children.

"Chobani is all over the world and there are thousands of schools in the world and we are only one of them," Otero says.

A successful start to a healthier nation.

The program will continue in the four new states during the next school year.

There is no word yet on which states will be participating.

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