By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – The Easom Outreach Foundation is making progress toward assuming control of the former South Corinth School campus.
An update of the group’s accomplishments will be reviewed for foundation members at the annual meeting that begins at 10 a.m. Saturday in the cafeteria of the former South Corinth Elementary School.
Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting, although only members may vote on any issues offered for consideration.
“We’re expecting good attendance,” said Sam Crayton, board chairman for the Easom Outreach Foundation. “Some people are in town for weddings and other things this weekend so response has been good.”
This summer the facility is being refurbished room by room, and earlier this month it was opened to serve daily lunches in the annual summer feeding program. The Summer Food Service Program provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need throughout the summer when they are out of school.
“We started out with about 12 children a day, but now we’re up to about 35,” Crayton said. “In a few days we’ll have a temporary group of an additional 50 with a Church of Christ summer program.”
Meal service through the program continues through July 27.
The cafeteria area where meals are served has been repainted, and includes a wall mural of the nostalgic Yellowjacket mascot of the former Easom High School. Crayton and other EOF volunteers have worked doggedly on the project, and manpower from prisoners at the state work center has helped them complete renovation projects in eight other rooms plus the kitchen, dining room and restrooms.
“We’re looking to start our Kitchen Connection hot meals program for the community, but have some things to do for certification before that can happen,” Crayton said.
The kitchen has been refurbished extensively and they are working with the Corinth school superintendent and an architect to resolve other building code issues, Crayton said.