Kroger donation helps supply Bully’s Closet and Pantry

Contact person: Carl Smith

STARKVILLE, Mississippi – A recent donation from Kroger is helping to stock an important source of food, toiletries and household items on campus for Mississippi State students in need.

Photo ID: Kroger Delta Division President Michael Cristal (seventh from left) presents a check for $1,000 from Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Initiative to Mississippi State Vice President for Student Affairs Regina Hyatt (eighth from left) and other university officials. The money will benefit Bully’s Closet and Pantry, a major on-campus source of food, toiletries and household items for students in need. (photo sent)

Bully’s Closet and Pantry recently received a check for $1,000 via Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative as the national grocery chain celebrated the grand reopening of its Starkville location. Michael Cristal, president of Kroger’s Delta division and an MSU alumnus, made the donation. He is also the past National President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and is involved with the MSU Black Alumni Advisory Council and the Black Alumni Weekend planning team.

“MSU and the Starkville community are blessed to have amazing partners like Kroger in our community. We are so grateful for their commitment to our students and reducing food insecurity on campus and beyond,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Regina Hyatt. “I especially want to thank Michael Cristal for continuing to give back to MSU.”

Established in 2020, Bully’s Closet and Pantry is a collaboration between the Division of Student Affairs and the Student Union, and is part of the MSU Food Security Network, a larger initiative aimed at meeting the basic needs of students throughout their stay. at University.

BCP has provided over $25,000 in food and $28,000 in essential personal and household supplies to over 1,100 students since opening.

The location of 120 Morgan Ave. is open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays and offers free items to students who present valid MSU ID. Physical donations can be made to the drop off point behind the BCP, while tax-deductible monetary donations to the MSU Food Security Network Fund can be made through the MSU Foundation at Volunteer opportunities are available for those who wish to help with the unloading, sorting and storage of supplies efforts.

Cristal, a native of Grenada, is a former Kroger vice president of operations and vice president of merchandising who began his nearly 40-year career with the company as an assistant store manager. He was president-elect of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity from 2017-2019, providing leadership in business strategies, operations, and member-related initiatives. He is also involved with other community service organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, National Urban League and United Way.

For more information about BCP, call the MSU Dean’s Office of Students at (662) 325-3611, email the MSU Food Safety Network at [email protected], or visit

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