CCJ Reports

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, 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


Filed under Macon Food Story

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


Filed under Macon Food Story

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 12: Macon from Scratch

Macon Food Story, Chapter 12: Macon from Scratch

13WMAZ

September 7, 2018


Filed under Macon Food Story

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...

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