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Student Emergency Aid - Local Resources



Please note that operating hours and services may change without notice.

Food Resources

Vibrant Church

Address: 500 Holly Hills Rd, Columbus, MS 39705

Phone: (662) 329-2279

Offering student assistance through food and other supplies as a response to COVID-19. Click the following link for more information: http://www.vibrantchurch.com/outreach/


The Assembly Church

Address: 2201 Military Road, Columbus, MS

Phone: (662) 328-6374

On the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month the food pantry is from 10:30AM to 1:45PM.


Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen

Address: 223 22nd Street North, Columbus, MS

Phone: (662) 370-1922

Food is served Monday through Friday from 11:00AM to 1:30PM. (Closed on the weekends)

Please call before traveling to this location. 


Calvary Baptist Church - Food Closet

Address: 405 North Jackson Street, Starkville, MS

Phone: (662) 323-1448

Regularly distributed food bags to qualifying indivdiauls on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month (Opens at 10:00AM).


Starkville Church of God (Starkville Residents Only)

Address: 100 Locksley Way, Starkville, MS

Phone: (662) 323-0352 - Option 5

Food pantry is open every 3rd Tuesday of each month from 4:00PM to 6:00PM.


Living Manna Church

Address: 61 South Eshman Avenue, West Point, MS

Phone: (662) 494-8788

Food pantry is open every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 2:00PM to 5:00PM.

*In case of a holiday the distribution is the following Monday after the holiday.


Peter's Rock Temple COGIC

Address: 223 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, Starkville, MS

Phone: (662) 615-4001

Food pantry is open every Wednesday from 10:00AM to 2:00PM


Salvation Army

Address: 407 Industrial Park Road, Starkville, MS

Phone: (662) 324-3304

One must call to make an appointment for food pantry details.


Beth-El Missionary Baptist Church

Address: 1766 MS Hwy 182 West, Starkville, MS

Must email contact person at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for emergency food assistance only.


First Baptist Church - Love In Deed Program - Temporarily Closed

Address: 202 7th Street North, Columbus, MS

Phone: (662) 328-3915

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-10:45AM -  one can complete an application and may receive food and bill assistance.

St. Joseph's Catholic Church - Temporarily Closed

Address: 607 University Drive, Starkville, MS

Phone: (662) 312-7169

Food pantry is open every 2nd Saturday of the month (unless otherwise noted) from 9:00AM to 11:00AM.

Helping Hands Ministry

Address: 223 22nd Street North, Columbus, MS

Phone: (662) 328-8301

Provides mortage, rent, prescription medication, utility, and food assistance based on emergency needs.


Housing Resources

Salvation Army Shelter

Address: 527 Carnation Shelter, Tupelo, MS

Phone: (662) 842-9222 or (662) 680-2754

Location will provide 3 free nights of stay then a fee of $5.00 each night after the initial three nights.


Teen Health Mississippi

Website: www.teenhealthms.org

Phone: (601) 487-1228

Emergency relief fund available to its youth partners and young people ages 13 to 19 from across the state impacted by COVID-19. Funds are intended for young people who demonstrate an immediate need for interim housing, nutritional stipends, baby care items for expectant and parenting teens, transportation, medical care/supplies, and school supplies.

Childcare Resources

Mississippi Department of Human Services

The state of Mississippi has a child care certificate program that can cover up to all of the costs of childcare and afterschool care for low-income students. Certificates are state wide and could help any Mississippi based student.

For more information visit http://www.mdhs.ms.gov/early-childhood-care-development/child-care-certificate-program/