Georgia ranks top ten in child poverty

Published: Sep. 26, 2013 at 11:03 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2013 at 11:03 AM EDT
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Latasha Sloan explains what child poverty is like in Albany.
Latasha Sloan explains what child poverty is like in Albany.
Tomato cans used to distribute to those in need.
Tomato cans used to distribute to those in need.
Food items packed up for shipment
Food items packed up for shipment

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It was 2005 when Georgia had been listed as the one of the top ten worst states with children in poverty, and this year we made the list again with 1 out of every 3 kids who struggle with hunger. This wasn't a surprise to some South Georgians.

"No, not at all...cause we have a lot of kids not able to receive the food and a lot of homeless kids do not go to after school programs," Second Harvest of South Georgia Kitchen Supervisor Latasha Sloan said.

Second Harvest is a hunger-relief organization, Sloan is over Kids Cafe, a program that dedicates time to feed children enrolled in Boys and Girls Club or Girls Inc.

According to a new study from the U.S. Census, there are over 56,000 kids in South Georgia that don't have enough to eat. And out of the 30 counties Second Harvest serves it is ranked one of the highest in not only the state but nationwide.

Sloan continues, "You never know what a kid is going through, that could be the last meal they receive before they go to bed."

Second Harvest currently serves over 700 kids in the Albany area and 2,500 in the region. And by next Spring they are hoping to serve even more with their Thomasville location.

"If you got almost 700 you can get up to 1000", a co-worker of Sloan said.

Last year alone they provided over 14 million pounds of food across South Georgia. Its the one of the reasons why Sloan gets up everyday happy to go to work.

"When you see the kids faces when they get the food...unbelievable," Sloan shares.

It won't be until 2015 that Georgians will be able to see changes in with the new state budget. Sloan and other workers at Second Harvest say it will continue to be a struggle but we have to start somewhere.

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