Hunger in Middle Georgia is more common than many might think. In fact, many service ministries around the area are struggling to feed the poor and homeless because of food shortages.
Mary Gatti, the Development Director at the Loaves and Fishes Ministry in Macon, says her place has been affected by the short supply.
"The amount that we put in a bag of groceries is not as much as we used to," she says.
She sees dozens of the poor and homeless everyday, giving them sack lunches and other meals. She gets most of that food from the Middle Georgia Food Bank, where hangups with the USDA are keeping the food supply low.
Ronald Raleigh, the executive director at the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank, says the shortage has led to months of empty shelves.
The Unionville Improvement Association is setting the stage to help keep Macon and Bibb County residents better informed.
The group will be hosting monthly forums, open to the public, to discuss things like local and state level politics.
Gerald Harvey is the man behind the idea, saying he noticed a trend of people not getting enough information during this past year's elections.
"I found that we had a lot of misinformed and uninformed voters, as well as candidates," Harvey explains. "This kind of got me to think about this particular type forum to open up...to have some more dialogue to educate the general public."
The first forum is set to take place Thursday, September 29th at the Mercer School of Engineering.
State Senators Vincent Fort and Nan Orrock, and Mercer Political Science professors William Boone and Chris Grant will be the discussion panelists.
Macon Police are on the lookout for a man who they say stabbed his wife multiple times in the back causing her lungs to collapse. Warrants are being sought for Aggravated Assault against Emory Lowe, who's accused of stabbing his wife, Doris Lowe Adonu.
The couple's children have been placed with child protective services.
If you have any information, you're urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.