The Macon Newsroom

Children across Macon are food insecure. One organization is keeping them fed

Backpack Ministry volunteer stops at a fourth-grade classroom to deliver a bag to Union Elementary School student.

Yasmeen Hill

January 24, 2019

Pencils, paper, notebooks and homework are all things that can be found in child’s backpack, but in recent years the Backpack Ministry has turned this grade school essential into a solution to community-wide food insecurity. Macon-Bibb has the third highest rate of concentrated poverty in the nation, which has resul...

Being vegan in the south

The vegan chicken salad sandwich, a popular dish at Gourmet Goody Box.

Nadia Pressley, CCJ Student Journalist

January 24, 2019

Tiyana Chaney began her vegan journey in 2014 after deciding to slowly remove animal products from her diet for physical and mental health reasons. Now that Tiyana Cha has been strictly vegan for over a year, finding local restaurants that cater to her diet is a challenge. “I will bring my own food...

Bear’s Beat Report: Meal Plans vs Food Options

Bear's Beat Report: Meal Plans vs Food Options

Amyre Makupson

January 24, 2019

Mercer University requires each student to purchase a meal plan from their freshman to their junior year. The question is, are the food options worth it? Eryn Lee speaks with a Mercer student for her take on the price and food variety.

Bear’s Beat Report: Adding Variety to Mac-N-Cheese

Bear's Beat Report: Adding Variety to Mac-N-Cheese

Amyre Makupson

January 24, 2019

Macaroni and cheese is a staple southern food, right alongside green beans, cornbread, and fried chicken. It’s also cheap and easy to make, as long as you have access to boiling water. Now, I personally like my macaroni and cheese as is. No funny business. No questions asked. However, that isn’t al...

Bear’s Beat Report: Fresh Market

Bear's Beat Report: Fresh Market

Amyre Makupson

January 24, 2019

A major aspect of being healthy is making sure that you are bring fresh and delicious foods into your home. The Fresh Market, located on Forsyth Road, prides itself on delicious and organic fresh foods and grocery items for residents of Macon. "About ten years 10 to 12 years. We start specializing, we...

Bear’s Beat Report: Macon’s Food Deserts

Bear's Beat Report: Macon's Food Deserts

Amyre Makupson

January 24, 2019

Anisha Muhammad talks with a Mercer University Student about the areas food deserts after the closing of a major retail grocery chain.

Comfort Food Series: Beef Soup

Comfort Food Series: Beef Soup

Amyre Makupson

January 24, 2019

When it’s chilly outside, these students at Rosa Taylor Elementary School know exactly how to warm up with beef soup. Multi functional comfort food. And while district nutritionalists can appreciate that about beef soup, they’re more concerned with one thing while preparing the lunch at the district...

Student Production: Whole 30

Student Production: Whole 30

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January 22, 2019

Madilyn Harrell talks with a Mercer University student about the whole 30 diet plan and what it takes to be successful.

Student Production: Just Tap’d

Student Production: Just Tap'd

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January 22, 2019

Daniel Tolbert takes us inside Just Tap'd to give viewers a look at the beer selection and get a taste review from a customer.

Student Production: Cultural Food Options

Student Production: Cultural Food Options

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January 22, 2019

Jessica Lee takes a look at whether there are enough cultural food options for students on campus.

Student Production: Macon’s Food Deserts

Student Production: Macon's Food Deserts

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January 22, 2019

Connor Cable takes a look at some areas of Macon that leave residents with few grocery options.

Student Production: Growler USA

Student Production: Growler USA

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January 22, 2019

Brittany Harvey takes viewers inside Growler USA in Mercer Landing to find out more about the food and beer selection.

The Macon Newsroom features work from the collaboration among Mercer's Center for Collaborative Journalism, 13WMAZ, Georgia Public Broadcasting and The Telegraph
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