Delta Regional Authority's DeltaCorps is adding 16 new members at seven sites in five Mississippi River Delta region states including Arkansas. The purpose of the latest additions is to expand health and education efforts. They focus on supporting the economically disadvantaged.

Delta Regional Authority's DeltaCorps is adding 16 new members at seven sites in five Mississippi River Delta region states including Arkansas. The purpose of the latest additions is to expand health and education efforts. They focus on supporting the economically disadvantaged.

Three of those new Delta Corps members will serve with the Rural Community Alliance in Elaine and Eudora. They will provide after-school tutoring services and summer learning activities to nearly 200 children in both communities. Children up to five years old will receive free books.

Also, the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance will host five Delta Corps members in 38 Arkansas Delta counties to expand several programs. Those programs include the Arkansas No Kid Hungry Campaign, Cooking Matters nutrition education, hunger gardens, summer and after-school meal programs and volunteer coordination.

DeltaCorps programs focus on education, environmental stewardship, disaster recovery, economic opportunity and veterans and military families.

“Service is an opportunity for Delta Corps members to give back to their communities, and we're proud to see more volunteers and organizations joining us to expand community capacity,” commented DRA Chairman Chris Masingill in a prepared statement. “The mission of DeltaCorps is to engage individual and organizations in service projects to improve economic opportunity by helping create jobs, build communities and improve the lives of the 10 million Delta residents and it's clearly becoming a great success.”

Established in 2016, DeltaCorps now has 67 members.