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Census shows child poverty spreading

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) – Far too many of the hungry and homeless are children, that problem is getting worse in Georgia.

Statewide, around 20 percent of children lived in poverty last year.

But seven counties had rates of nearly 67 percent that's up from just two counties the year before.

And almost all those counties, six of the seven, are in south Georgia Miller, Clay, Stewart, Crisp, Turner and Sumter Counties.

The Boys and Girls Club of Sumter County is trying to break the cycle of poverty by giving young people a chance to be successful.

"We provide a very necessary service and our goal is to have our young members grow up with us and participate in the full opportunity of the program, we have a college curriculum or a career bound curriculum," said Lori N. Clemons, Chief Professional Officer.

For about $100 a year per child, the club keeps about 200 young people occupied with homework help and games.

The only Georgia county outside our area with up to 67 percent of children living in poverty is Burke County just south of Augusta.

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