BRAD donates light bulbs to BRTC | News | – Paragould Daily Press

Black River Area Development Corporation (BRAD) donated 59 cases or 5,664, 60-watt LED light bulbs to Black River Technical College (BRTC) recently.

BRTC distributed bulbs to 76 students thus far on behalf of BRAD, and the remaining bulbs have been placed in the BRTC food pantry to be distributed as needed.

The BRTC Food Pantry has been open since 2016 and serves more than 160 students since its inception. It is a collaboration between the BTC Student Government Association and the BRTC Nutrition and Dietetics Club

Many BRTC students and their families struggle to access adequate food. To help students mitigate this need, BRTC accepts donations of food, Walmart and grocery store gift cards, and money to stock the BRTC Food Pantry. BRTC is excited to offer a food pantry to eligible BRTC students with current BRTC ID who complete an application.

Donations can be dropped off at BRTC or monetary contributions can be made online at The Pantry Donations submitted through the BRTC Foundation are tax-deductible.

The pantry is always looking for volunteers. “I welcome anyone who would like to come and organize food, check dates, dust, vacuum, or go shopping,” Pantry organizer Christina Derbes said.

For more information or to donate at the BRTC Paragould location, contact Cyndi Rudi at 870-239-5000 or email her at

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