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African American children hit hardest by poverty

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The recession pushed the country's poverty rate to a 15-year high, and African American children are being hit the hardest.

The overall poverty rate is now 14.3-percent, but nearly 36-percent of black children now live in poverty.

The Albany Boys and Girls Club reaches out to those kids.

The club feeds and tutors kids and provides activities to keep them out of trouble.

"Between 3 and 8 o'clock in the afternoon that's when most juveniles get into trouble, we have staff here that work with them doing homework, parents are looking for an out, they're saying where can I have my son and daughter to be until I get off of work," said Bob Hutchinson, Boys & Girls Club Operations Dir.

The fee for a child to attend the Boys and Girls Club for an entire year is just 5-dollars.

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