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After-school program comes to Corrigan

NEW PROGRAM – A volunteer is shown helping a student at the new food program that not only feeds students but also helps students with their homework. (Photo by Kim Popham)NEW PROGRAM – A volunteer is shown helping a student at the new food program that not only feeds students but also helps students with their homework. (Photo by Kim Popham)

By Kim Popham

CORRIGAN – A new program has come to town to help children who need a meal after school.

The Child Feeding Program based in Lufkin is now serving meals to any child who is attending school. The meals are served from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday-Thursday at the Cockrell Community Center of the Corrigan Housing Authority.

Cody Miller, who serves as nutrition director of the program, along with Angela Flowers who is the program director, were in Corrigan last week to help get everything set up to start the program. The program also serves the Boys and Girls Club chapters in Lufkin, Diboll and Livingston.

Miller said that they are happy to be here for the kids and help the community.

"As of this week we have served approximately 40 kids each day and we hope the number grows," Miller said.
"In the summer we will be feeding all the children, not just school age, but at this time it is only for the school-age children," Miller said.

Soria Bubbs, of Corrigan, is an employee of the program, her duties are to prepare and distribute the food each day.

The program not only sees to the nutritional needs of the children but also offers an enrichment program that involves volunteers who come in to help the children with their homework, help with character building and allows the children the opportunity to interact with one another.

If you would like to become a volunteer, just stop by the Cockrell Center during the meal times and to speak with someone and state your availability.