Student Assistance


Students needing temporary housing or in an emergency situation may contact the Dean of Students’ office at 662.325.3611 or For after-hours housing assistance, please contact the MSU police at 662.325.2121. The Dean of Students’ office will connect with students to discuss resources regarding university assistance.

MSU Food Security Network

The Mississippi State University Food Security Network (FSN) connects students in need to food resources within the community.

Bully's Pantry

Bully’s Pantry (BP) is a collaborative effort between the 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, BP provides nutritious food, toiletries, school supplies, and other necessary items to current Mississippi State students in need.

Hours of Operation:

In-Person Shopping
Open Monday through Friday
9:30 am to 6 pm

Curbside Shopping | Complete Bully's Pantry Order Form on Cowbell Connect

Monday through Friday
9:30 am to 6 pm

120 Morgan Avenue | Mississippi State University

Ways to donate to Bully's Pantry:

MSU Foundation

Donations Requested:

Most Needed Food Items:

  • Meals in a can
    (beef stew, chili, chicken noodles soup)
  • Single serving meals
    (hamburger helper, ramen noodles, macaroni & cheese)
  • Canned protein in water
    (tuna, salmon, chicken)
  • Peanut or other seed butters
    (crunchy and smooth)
  • Canned foods with pop-top lids
  • Hot/Cold cereals
  • Rice and pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Canned fruit
  • Granola bars or light popcorn
  • Apple sauce

Personal Care Items:

  • Toothpaste & toothbrushes (individually wrapped)
  • Mouthwash
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues
  • Laundry detergent pods
  • Diapers (all sizes)

School Supplies:

  • Spiral notebooks
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Highlighers
  • Folders
  • Binders
  • Index cards
  • Post-it Notes

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.

Donate Meals

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 to 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 5 block meals that can be used at the Perry Cafeteria and/or the Fresh Food Company. To request meals, please click on the button below.

Request Meals

NOTE: Students who submit a 2nd application, will 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 AlertMaroon Meals Logo

Maroon Meals is a program that notifies current Mississippi State students when free food is available 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!

Local Food Pantries

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 MSU Food Security Network

Members of the Mississippi State community can email the MSU Food Security Network or stop by the Dean of Students' Office on the 1st Floor of the YMCA Building to request information. A staff member will meet with the participant individually, and assist them with the application process.
Dean of Students' Office