CCJ Reports

How good can a cafeteria meal be? This is what an $8 school lunch looks like

How good can a cafeteria meal be? This is what an $8 school lunch looks like

Samantha Max, Report for America corps member

September 16, 2018


Filed under Engagement Projects, Macon Food Story, Showcase, Uncategorized

The scent of fresh-baked biscuits filled the kitchen at Stratford Academy on a September morning. While one cafeteria helper loaded trays of bacon into the oven for the upcoming breakfast break, two others chopped up piles of squash, carrots and Brussels sprouts. In the Stratford cafeteria, students...

This chef’s looking to his roots to put a new twist on soul food

This chef’s looking to his roots to put a new twist on soul food

Samantha Max, Report for America corps member

September 14, 2018


Filed under Engagement Projects, Macon Food Story

Michael Twitty doesn’t cook the same macaroni and cheese his mom taught him to make. It’s loaded with cream cheese and sour cream, and anyone who’s eaten at a Kosher deli might say it tastes kind of like noodle kugel. The chef and author has adapted and transformed a lot of the foods he grew ...

7 soul food restaurants in Georgia that serve more than chicken and mac & cheese

7 soul food restaurants in Georgia that serve more than chicken and mac & cheese

Justin Baxley, Telegraph staff writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under Engagement Projects, Macon Food Story, Showcase

Finding good soul food can be a tough task. There are plenty of places that serve your standard fried chicken and mac and cheese. While good, those don’t appeal to everyone. Here is a list of seven soul food restaurants in Georgia that will leave you wanting more. 1. H&H (Macon) This restaurant is a Macon staple serving...

Now serving: Locally grown peaches and hydroponic lettuce on the school lunch line

Now serving: Locally grown peaches and hydroponic lettuce on the school lunch line

Samantha Max, Report for America corps member

September 7, 2018


Filed under Engagement Projects, Macon Food Story

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA -- A first-grader at Lakeview Primary School quietly studied the options on the lunch line, unsure what he wanted to eat. He decided on the nachos — a scoop of ground chicken with a bag of Doritos, beans, and a bowl of steamed corn and peppers. At the end of the line, a ca...

Macon Food Story, Chapter 1: What is the definition of poverty?

Macon Food Story, Chapter 1: What is the definition of poverty?

13WMAZ

September 7, 2018


Filed under Macon Food Story

From the culture of southern food, to food access and the health of the region, we're exploring the food habits of the South hoping to answer the question: What does the food we eat say about the life we live? To understand food insecurity, it’s important to define who lives in poverty. For the...

Macon Food Story, Chapter 2: What is a food bank?

Macon Food Story, Chapter 2: What is a food bank?

13WMAZ

September 7, 2018


Filed under Macon Food Story

For nearly 25 percent of Central Georgia’s population, finding enough food is a challenge. That’s why food banks – like the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank in east Macon – step in to fill the gaps. They serve 24 counties from Jasper to Telfair through the support of over 190 partner...

Macon Food Story, Chapter 3: Trinity UMC food pantry

Macon Food Story, Chapter 3: Trinity UMC food pantry

13WMAZ

September 7, 2018


Filed under Macon Food Story

Dozens of local churches serve as avenues for the Middle Georgia Food Bank to get food donations to people who need it. The food pantry opens at Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins every Wednesday to the nearly 70 people who come each week. Food Director Rachel Blanchett offers comfort...

Macon Food Story, Chapter 4: Tonya Wright

Macon Food Story, Chapter 4: Tonya Wright

13WMAZ

September 7, 2018


Filed under Macon Food Story

13WMAZ first met Tonya Wright at Trinity United Methodist Church food pantry. She has a lot on her plate. "I've had four strokes last year; I'm not 50 yet," she said. "None of the women in my family have lived past 57. We have something hereditary that runs in my family called Leigh's disease." Leigh's...

Macon Food Story, Chapter 5: Mulberry Community Garden

Macon Food Story, Chapter 5: Mulberry Community Garden

Matthew Causey and Sophie Peel

September 7, 2018


Filed under Macon Food Story

Back in Macon at the Mulberry United Methodist Church, volunteers at one of the church's ministries serve a hot lunch to about 300 people every day during the work week. Some of the food on the plates they serve comes from a garden around the block from the church. “There’s always something...

Macon Food Story, Chapter 6: Meals on Wheels / Sherry Hatcher

Macon Food Story, Chapter 6: Meals on Wheels / Sherry Hatcher

Samantha Max, Report for America corps member

September 7, 2018


Filed under Macon Food Story

When those who need help aren't able to get it themselves, it comes to them courtesy of Meals on Wheels. Volunteers with Meals on Wheels visit Sherry Hatcher's east Macon apartment five days a week. Hatcher is just one of 1,200 homebound people in four counties who receive a home-delivered lunch...

Macon Food Story, Chapter 7: What is a food desert?

Macon Food Story, Chapter 7: What is a food desert?

13WMAZ

September 7, 2018


Filed under Macon Food Story

In certain areas, people have a harder time getting healthy, nutritious food. Usually found in impoverished communities, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) says a food desert is an area without access to fresh fruit, vegetables and other whole foods. This is largely due to a lack...

Macon Food Story, Chapter 8: How what we eat affects our health

Macon Food Story, Chapter 8: How what we eat affects our health

Zach Merchant, 13WMAZ

September 7, 2018


Filed under Macon Food Story

For people who experience food insecurity, there are health problems, but problems also exist for those who don't experience food insecurity. Food is all around us, and here in Central Georgia that can mean a lot of unhealthy options. Healthcare professionals say they're seeing those diet choices...

Macon Food Story