We provide a support system and continuum of care to Starkville residents that will improve the chances of finding and maintaining stability. Our efforts within the community focus on those at risk of becoming homeless and/or those who are homeless currently. We work closely with nonprofits, organizations, churches and groups to fill in the gaps and provide a more efficient support system for those in need.
Who We Are
Starkville Strong was started as a Facebook group by Jimmy Redd to help support Starkville small businesses and restaurants during the beginning of Covid-19 pandemic. As more of our community's needs became visible, Starkville Strong expanded its efforts to include local food insecurity, affordable housing, and the creation of a sustainable social support network in Starkville.
Starkville Strong officially became a 501(c)3 non-profit in May 2021. With new leadership and new goals, we have transitioned and adapted the group to better serve the Starkville area as a whole. We have spearheaded a number of community-minded projects and we continue find new ways to serve our neighbors.
What We Do
Making A Difference
Feeding the Need
Oktibbeha County is one of the most food-insecure areas in the entire state of Mississippi. Starkville Strong has been working to meet that need by setting up and maintaining 7 free little food pantries. Pantries are filled from Starkville Strong's overflow pantry multiple times a week, but we also invite any community member to join us in making sure our neighbors have food on the table.
Helping The Community
Starkville Strong has been working hard to address the issue of homelessness in our community. We have been vocal advocates for our homeless neighbors with the Mayor, the Board of Aldermen, and the Oktibbeha County Supervisors. We have also partnered with other organizations such as Mississippi United to End Homelessness (MUTEH) and the SOCSD Discovery Center to help our clients move out of homelessness and into stability and independence. For more information about our most up-to-date efforts addressing homelessness, please reach out to a member of our team by clicking the button below.