Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Blue & You Foundation awarded a $7,700 grant to the Southeast Arkansas College Food Pantry Feb. 12.

Redcoats from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce attended the check presentation ceremony at SEARK.

The Blue & You grant will be used to increase monthly assistance to food insecure students and their families,according to the Chamber newsletter.

The food pantry has distributed more than 500 boxes of food and served nearly 1,800 individuals since it opened in spring 2018, according to Tamera Lambert, director of Adult Basic Education & Literacy at SEARK.

For more information about the food pantry, adult basic education, or SEARK’s literacy council, contact Tamera Lambert at at or 870-543-5915.