Oh Chuck Schumer, sometimes you make us smile. The senior Senator from New York's latest attempt to help local businesses? Schumer has gone and called on the USDA to make it easier for public schools to serve Greek yogurt. And not just because it is healthy and oh so hot these days! As you'll recall, much of the thick, protein-packed yogurt is made right here in New York State.
"Grocery shelves across Upstate New York and the country are filled to the brim with Greek yogurt, but unfortunately, despite their high protein and competitive cost, we can’t say the same for New York school children and their school lunch and breakfast menus," Schumer said in a statement. "That is why I am launching a campaign to work with the USDA and local schools so that New York’s meal programs can say they’ve 'Got Greek Yogurt.'"
Chuck is calling on U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to tweak USDA school lunch regulations to make it so. Apparently the current nutritional standards treat Greek yogurt the same as 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. Naturally, he has the support of the Big Yogurt types.
A U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman told the AP that Schumer's letter had been received and was being reviewed. Meanwhile, this sounds good to us. Better to have Greek yogurt in the schools than on the roadways.