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These breweries are in the middle of nowhere Georgia, but totally worth the drive

Dee Moore, the brewmaster at Omaha Brewing Co., watches the line Wednesday as he and his team can a beer called Hannahatchee Creek India Pale Ale, also known as an IPA. The brewery offers free tours and has a tasting room.

Jenna Eason, Telegraph staff writer

September 27, 2018

Roll down the windows and enjoy Georgia’s warm breeze on your way to these breweries and a distillery in the middle-of-nowhere. After driving on bumpy roads with an endless supply of trees, muscadine grape vines come into view in front of an abandoned school building in which a brewery was built....

Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes

Amyre Makupson

September 20, 2018

There are many people in Middle Georgia who have paying jobs, but still don’t make enough money to buy groceries and pay for other bills on time. “When people don’t have the food, I know that feeling,” says Maureen Mingo, a client and volunteer with Loaves and Fishes ministry in Macon. “I...

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

Shan Speilberg, director of dining for Flik Independent School Dining speaks with Isabell Tharpe Wednesday morning in the kitchen at Stratford Academy

Samantha Max, Report for America corps member

September 16, 2018

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...

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

Brussels sprouts are cut in preparation for lunch Wednesday morning in the kitchen at Stratford Academy.

Samantha Max, Telegraph/Report for America corp member

September 16, 2018

MACON, GA - 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,...

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

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

The H&H Restaurant at lunch time in 2012. The Moonhanger Group, which owns The Rookery and Dovetail, also owns H&H.

Justin Baxley, Telegraph staff writer

September 13, 2018

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

School nutrition manager Diane May puts together sack lunches Wednesday at Lakeview Primary School

Samantha Max, Report for America corps member

September 7, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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