The Mississippi State University Food Security Network (FSN) connects students in need to food resources within the community.
Connect students who lack food to available food resources.
Provide a set schedule of distribution for local food pantries in the area.
Increase student donations and volunteer efforts with local food pantries while increasing the food security of our MSU community.
Block By Block
The Block by Block Program is a partnership between Aramark, the Dean of Students' Office, and Student Association. It serves to provide short-term assistance by allocating meals to students in need. Any student with a valid meal plan can donate up to three block meals per semester to this program. To donate 1-3 meals, please click on the button below.
Need temporary assistance obtaining meals?
If you are an active student (currently enrolled) and do not have a valid active meal plan or flex dollars, you are eligible to apply and take part in the Block by Block Program. Our office will review the application, determine eligibility, and notify you with a decision. If you qualify, your card will be loaded with 15 block meals (15 meals) that can be used at the Perry Cafeteria and/or the Fresh Food Company. To request meals, please click on the button below.
NOTE: Students who submit a 2nd, 3rd, etc. application, may be asked to schedule a time to discuss their request and current meal allocation with a staff member in the Dean of Students' Office
Maroon Meals: Campus Food Alert
Maroon Meals is a program that informs current Mississippi State students about the availability of food on campus, including its location and how long it will be available.
To opt in for Maroon Meals, follow these steps:
1. Download the myState app and log in with your MSU NetID and NetPassword.
2. Under the Student, Faculty and Staff section, go to Notification Sign-Up.
3. Turn the Maroon Meals slider to the "on" position and press Save. Make sure notifications are enabled for the myState app on your phone.
4. Be on the lookout for your first Maroon Meals notification!
Bully's Closet and Pantry
Bully’s Closet and Pantry (BCP) is a collaborative effort between the university’s Division of Student Affairs and the Student Association. As part of the MSU Food Security Network, a broader initiative to meet the basic needs of students, BCP provides nutritious food, toiletries, professional clothing, school supplies, and other necessary items to current MSU students free of charge.
Hours of Operation:
Local Food Pantries
The following are local food pantries that are a resource to provide food to students, faculty, staff and community members who are in need. They are also in need of volunteers for packing and distribution.
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Calvary Baptisti Church Food Closet
Starkville Church of God
Living Manna Church (West Point, MS)
Peter's Rock Temple COGIC
Salvation Army (Emergency)
Beth-El Missionary Baptist Church
Project Homestead (Clay County Residents Only)
How to Contact the Network
Members of the MSU community can email the MSU Food Security Network or stop by the Dean of Students' Office on the 1st Floor of the YMCA Building and request information. A staff member will meet with the participant individually, and assist them with the application process.
Dean of Students' Office