CCJ Reports

A woman’s place is in the kitchen for inmates at the Bibb County Jail

A woman’s place is in the kitchen for inmates at the Bibb County Jail

Samantha Max, Report for America corps member

February 22, 2019

MACON, GA. -- Just before noon on a rainy Wednesday in February, about a dozen women in hairnets and plastic gloves prepared a meal for the masses. The kitchen crew was tasked with cooking enough chicken patties, steamed vegetables and fresh-baked cornbread for nearly 900 hungry men and women. ...

Feeding Faith: Women’s Interfaith Alliance breaks bread and barriers

Feeding Faith: Women’s Interfaith Alliance breaks bread and barriers

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

February 20, 2019

Over the last few weeks, we've shown you how food has been able to bring people of the same faith together for fellowship. But there's another group in Central Georgia using food to bring women of many different religious backgrounds all to the same table. "It just seems like every faith -- and...

‘It’s not about the food,’ says Macon pastor. Church meals bring bring people together

‘It’s not about the food,’ says Macon pastor. Church meals bring bring people together

Samantha Max, Report for America corps member

February 20, 2019

MACON, GA. -- On a brisk Sunday in January, families, friends and strangers gathered for a hot meal at Kingdom Life church in east Macon. The congregation had just endured a 21-day fast to kick off the new year, giving up sweets, caffeine and fried food for the first weeks of 2019. Sunday’s g...

Feeding Faith: Vineville UMC in Macon

Feeding Faith: Vineville UMC in Macon

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

February 14, 2019

Our second stop is at Vineville United Methodist Church on Vineville Avenue in Macon where a simple midweek service brings believers together over bread. For more on this story, click here.

Just Curious: What Is Macon Vegans Meetup?

Just Curious: What Is Macon Vegans Meetup?

Lacee Getter, 13WMAZ Intern

February 13, 2019

In the last decade there's been substantial growth in the population of people transitioning into eating a plant-based diet. Now what is a plant-based or vegan diet? It's when someone does not consume meat, dairy, eggs or any form of animal byproducts into their diet. Gigi Weaver, the founder of Macon Ve...

Feeding Faith: Centenary UMC Breakfast

Feeding Faith: Centenary UMC Breakfast

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

February 12, 2019

Through our partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting, Grant Blankenship introduces you to a woman who is up bright and early every Sunday morning, helping to feed the souls and fill the bellies of some of the people who need it most. For more on this story, click here.

This Mercer University medical student is bringing fresh veggies to Macon’s food deserts

This Mercer University medical student is bringing fresh veggies to Macon’s food deserts

Samantha Max, Report for America corps member

February 9, 2019

On an unseasonably warm February afternoon, Ayana Graham squatted beside a garden plot sprouting bunches of dark green kale and inspected their leaves. She methodically tore off yellowed pieces of lettuce that had dried out during a weekend frost and tossed them in a pile on the grass. Graham isn’t...

Bear’s Beat Report: Making Alfredo

Bear’s Beat Report: Making Alfredo

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

February 1, 2019

After a long day of work, sometimes the last thing that anyone wants to do is prepare a meal for dinner. This simple one- pot chicken Alfredo dish is an easy meal for a weeknight dinner when time and energy just isn't on your side. First you should cut up a yellow bell pepper and mince one clove of garlic. ...

Shopping for the Super Bowl

Shopping for the Super Bowl

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

January 31, 2019

Alright Central Georgia, it is time for the big game, the super bowl is this Sunday and if you’re getting ready to throw a big football party then you need to hit the store and grab those snacks, right? But all those snacks don’t have to wreak havoc on your diet. I went shopping with the Director...

Bear’s Beat Report: Ocmulgee Brew Pub Celebrates Two Years

Bear’s Beat Report: Ocmulgee Brew Pub Celebrates Two Years

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

January 30, 2019

Ocmulgee Brewpub just celebrated two years of beers and burgers. I talked to brewpub employee Janice Etheridge about what made these past two years a success. She says the key is Ocmulgee’s authenticity. "I definitely like to think it’s the people. We focus a lot on customer service, on making...

What’s in a Name? Soul food vs. Southern food

What’s in a Name? Soul food vs. Southern food

Aliyah Dorsey, CCJ Student Journalist

January 24, 2019

When someone thinks of the South, food is often what comes to mind. Mac and cheese, collard greens, green beans and fried chicken are all hallmarks of what is popularly known as southern food. However, these items can also be classified as soul food. So what is the difference and where did the name...

“They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat.” Exploring the Macon Jewish identity through food

“They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat.” Exploring the Macon Jewish identity through food

Emily Rose Thorne

January 24, 2019

When Rabbi Aaron Sataloff moved to Macon from Los Angeles last year, he had to adjust from the vibrant Jewish community he knew to the Southeast, where Jews comprise a tiny minority. To stay connected to his culture, Sataloff decided for the first time to abide by kashrut, a set of laws in the Jewish faith that applie...

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