Astin credits the actor Tony Randall for his help in a career in films. He noticed him in Charles Laughton’s production of “Major Barbara” and helped get his career going in Hollywood. Besides his role of Gomez, other memorable moments in his career include his Poe show, playing Vladimir in a New York production of “Waiting for Godot,” and playing the title role in “Evil Roy Slade.”
In announcing the start of the pilot program that included New York as one of four states selected by the USDA to provide Greek yogurt to students, Sen. Charles Schumer detailed his efforts on the issue.
In January, he successfully petitioned the USDA about the effort, he said in a media release. In a letter to Schumer, the USDA committed to initiating a pilot program. The Farm Service Agency then released a request for information Jan. 31 to gather information from potential vendors. Respondents indicated capacity to produce such yogurt in a variety of pack sizes and flavors and the four states were chosen. States were permitted to order any quantity of high protein yogurt they desired for delivery from September to November within the balance of their USDA foods entitlement. The states’ orders for this period total 199,800 pounds of yogurt.
On July 8, USDA issued a solicitation to vendors to supply the states’ orders. Bids are due July 22 and FSA expects to evaluate the bids and make awards by the end of July. If it is found successful in the four states selected, this could become a permanent part of the foods that USDA offers to purchase for schools nationwide. If successful, it would be a boon for the largely New York-based Greek yogurt industry, including companies like Chobani, Fage, Alpina, and the newly-opened Muller Quaker, and others throughout New York, Schumer said. In addition, because Greek yogurt requires more milk than regular yogurt, state dairy farmers would also benefit, he said.
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