Environmental Policy Group at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies;
Using a "mixed media" approach, which tracts changes in pixel (color) values over the summer indicating changes from dry land to wet land, we have developed estimates for irrigated acreage in the Altamaha River Basin that draws water from ground water or perennial surface water sources. The latter condition is assured given that our estimates come from identified irrigation during the summer of 2000, which was one of Georgia's worst drought years of record. It is improbable that irrigators reliant on non-perennial sources could have successfully irrigated a crop during this drought year. Data provided here should be useful to the state in a number of ways. The state is moving forward with its plans to develop Basin Water Plans, and basic to such plans is information as to the agricultural sectors use of water under worst-case conditions -- conditions of drought. Further, such data can play important roles in efforts by the state to work out solutions to issues related to the use of interstate waters -- ground or surface waters. Working Paper Number 2005-0018
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by The Food Bank of Southwest Georgia. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2010, conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (FA) (formerly America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed inperson interviews with more than 62,000 clients served by the FA national network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 37,000 FA agencies. The study summarized below focuses on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the FA network.
The FA system served by The Food Bank of Southwest Georgia provides emergency food for an estimated 73,100 different people annually.32% of the members of households served by The Food Bank of Southwest Georgia are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).28% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among households with children, 63% are food insecure and 26% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 22.214.171.124).40% of clients served by The Food Bank of Southwest Georgia report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).42% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).33% of households served by The Food Bank of Southwest Georgia report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)The Food Bank of Southwest Georgia included approximately 263 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 152 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 119 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.81% of pantries, 76% of kitchens, and 64% of shelters are run by faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious organizations (Table 10.6.1).Among programs that existed in 2006, 73% of pantries, 82% of kitchens, and 60% of shelters of The Food Bank of Southwest Georgia reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1).Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 78% of the food distributed by pantries, 56% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 31% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).As many as 91% of pantries, 87% of kitchens, and 62% of shelters in The Food Bank of Southwest Georgia use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).