MSU Meridian Opens New Food Pantry For Students
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  • Celeste Smith

MSU Meridian Opens New Food Pantry For Students

In Meridian, MSU Meridian has opened up a food pantry to help students in need during the pandemic.

After the seeing success with Bully’s Pantry on the Starkville Campus, MSU Meridian planned to bring Bully’s Pantry to campus later in the year, but decided to open it in March when the campus began to notice food insecurity amongst students increasing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Temporarily located in the Kahlmus Auditorium on MSU Meridian’s College Park Campus. Bully’s Pantry includes non-perishable foods, that were sourced from the non-profit organization “Extra Table” in Hattiesburg, and hygiene items.

“We had students presenting needs during the pandemic that we were not seeing before and those needs of food insecurity were primarily driven by the fact that their part time employment had been either cut back or eliminated all together for the shelter-in-place orders. So, we saw this as an ideal time to open our division of Bully’s Pantry here and to start meeting those needs of students” said Terry Dale Cruse, associate vice president of MSU Meridian.

Students that would like to receive food bags from bully’s pantry are able to fill out an application on MSU Meridian’s website underneath the student services tab.