CCJ Reports

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

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

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

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, Chapter 9: How Georgia’s farms rely on the H-2A visa program

Macon Food Story, Chapter 9: How Georgia’s farms rely on the H-2A visa program

Wayne Crenshaw and Samantha Max

September 7, 2018

Down a rough dirt road on a farm near Byron are five old houses occupied by 25 men known to few in Middle Georgia, but they play an important role in the local economy. Without them, some say, the local peach growing industry couldn’t survive. They are all residents of Jalisco, Mexico, and travel...

Macon Food Story, Chapter 10: New meat processing plant headed to Monroe Co.

Macon Food Story, Chapter 10: New meat processing plant headed to Monroe Co.

Suzanne Lawler, 13WMAZ

September 7, 2018

Switching over to the meat industry in Central Georgia, farmers have to get their animals processed or slaughtered in order to sell it to consumers. It's about to get a lot easier for farmers and 13WMAZ's Suzanne Lawler has what that means for you. "At my first farmer's market, I sold six pounds...

Macon Food Story, Chapter 11: The ‘meat and threes’ that bring people together

Macon Food Story, Chapter 11: The ‘meat and threes’ that bring people together

13WMAZ and GPB Macon

September 7, 2018

Across the South, 'meat and three' restaurants have been bringing people together for decades. GPB Macon and 13WMAZ spoke with a few of our local 'meat and threes' to hear how they do just that. Read the full story here.

Macon Food Story, Chapter 12: Macon from Scratch

Macon Food Story, Chapter 12: Macon from Scratch

13WMAZ

September 7, 2018

Families pass down recipes from generation to generation. During CampCCJ at Mercer’s Center for Collaborative Journalism, high school students collected interviews with Maconites on their favorite family recipes for the Macon Food Story project. They shared the history and inspiration behind...

An exploration of southern food

An exploration of southern food

Sonya Green, Engagement Reporter

September 4, 2018

When I returned back to the South in 2017 after several years of living in the Pacific Northwest, the thing I was most excited about was sweet tea. In the movie, Steel Magnolias, sweet tea is referred to as the "house wine of the South." Never were truer words spoken. Sweet tea reminds me of my family co...

All Bibb County students eat for free. That could be in jeopardy

All Bibb County students eat for free. That could be in jeopardy

Samantha Max, Report for America corps member

September 3, 2018

Dozens of kindergarteners lined up in the cafeteria at Alexander II Magnet School, eyeing their lunch options. On the menu that Tuesday, the students could choose between chicken patty sandwiches, spaghetti with meat sauce and an array of fruits and vegetables. A stack of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches...

All Bibb County students eat for free. That could be in jeopardy

All Bibb County students eat for free. That could be in jeopardy

Samantha Max, Report for America corps member

September 3, 2018

Dozens of kindergarteners lined up in the cafeteria at Alexander II Magnet School, eyeing their lunch options. On the menu that Tuesday, the students could choose between chicken patty sandwiches, spaghetti with meat sauce and an array of fruits and vegetables. A stack of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches...

Hundreds wait to receive a hot meal, but it’s uncertain when it might arrive

Hundreds wait to receive a hot meal, but it’s uncertain when it might arrive

Samantha Max, Report for America corps member

August 13, 2018

Every weekday around noon, Sherry Hatcher answers a knock on her door. The 70-year-old lives alone in a highrise apartment building on Gray Highway, and her daily visitor is a welcome break from the quiet of her otherwise lonely home. Hatcher is one of the 1,200 home-bound residents of Middle Georgia...

Hundreds wait to receive a hot meal, but it’s uncertain when it might arrive

Hundreds wait to receive a hot meal, but it’s uncertain when it might arrive

Samantha Max, Report for America corps member

August 13, 2018

Every weekday around noon, Sherry Hatcher answers a knock on her door. The 70-year-old lives alone in a highrise apartment building on Gray Highway, and her daily visitor is a welcome break from the quiet of her otherwise lonely home. Hatcher is one of the 1,200 home-bound residents of Middle Georgia...

Macon Food Story