Thanksgiving feasting isn’t an option for many Georgians

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Holiday hunger

Thanksgiving is a holiday all about food and gratitude. Many Georgians are set to feast on an excess of turkey and side dishes, plus a dessert or two.

But spare a thought for Seantel Pate and others like her.

The single mother of five works at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The pay — $14.75 an hour — often isn’t enough to feed her family.

“We have nothing,” she told the AJC’s Matt Kempner during a recent stop at a food bank in Marietta.

More than 11% of Georgians struggled to put food on the table during the three-year period ending in 2022, according to recently released federal data. That’s higher than before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

And while the rate of inflation is easing, food prices remain high. Metro Atlanta charities continue to see more and more people needing their services.

Laura Deupree is a spokeswoman for the Community Assistance Center, a food pantry that serves the Dunwoody and Sandy Springs areas. She said the nonprofit distributed more food through the first 10 months of this year than any other full year during the pandemic.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank, which helps supply food to about 700 nonprofits across northern Georgia, saw the number of people accessing its services jump 40% in 18 months.

CEO Kyle Waide said the end of pandemic-era federal food aid and the expiration of the expanded child tax credit played roles. But inflation, he said, is “the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

Most people who visit ACFB locations have paying jobs, Waide said. It’s just not enough anymore.

“Right now,” Waide said, demand is “as high as it has ever been.”

Read the full story here. And visit to find an Atlanta Community Food Bank location or to donate.

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Find full coverage of Carter’s death here.


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Nov. 21, 1910

A front page photo showed the “handsome structure” of the Georgian Terrace hotel in its early stages.

The hotel opened the following year at the corner of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue. More than a century later, it remains a popular destination, particularly for folks taking in a show at the nearby Fox Theatre.



Associated Press photographer captured President Joe Biden after he pardoned turkey Liberty during an event at the White House.



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