What we do

Project Starburst provides food and other related items to Mecosta and Osceola residents who are temporarily in need of assistance.

Monthly Grocery Program

We provide monthly groceries to residents of Mecosta and Osceola counties. Groceries are filled based on family size and dietary restrictions.

How it works

You will be asked to fill out a brief intake form, which helps our volunteer to determine any dietary restrictions or additional services.

Our volunteer will then package your groceries to assist in feeding your family.

Individual Case Management

We are primarily a food and hygiene needs pantry, but offer other services as well. We serve each individual with dignity, respect, advocacy, and support. We are always seeking to provide new concrete services and programs as needed.

Services we provide

  • Birth certificates
  • Dial-a-ride tickets
  • Referrals to local agencies (Mid Michigan Community Action Center, Michigan Works, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services)

Making a difference since 1971.

a neighborly resource

Providing our neighbors with food and basic needs.

locally funded

All donations go directly to your local food bank.

community based

We believe in neighbors supporting neighbors.

How we have helped

From a small but diligent start, Project Starburst has increased its presence in the community by offering what is most needed to residents who are living in poverty.

436 New clients

3191 Families fed

10859 Individuals

434360 Total meals

Meet our board

Brenda Westfall


Steve Cole

Vice President

Felicia Bielecki


Alice Bandstra


Joie Cole

Russ Nehmer

Dee VanHorn

Meet our staff

Diane Long


Renesha Enge


We would like to thank these businesses, foundations, and organizations for the generosity they have shown.

    • Big Rapids LIONS CLUB
    • Big Rapids Oddfellows Lodge
    • Big Rapids Rotary Club
    • Big Rapids Tire
    • Boy Scouts Of America Troop 114
    • Big Rapids Public Schools
    • Bush Insurance
    • Camp Brethren Heights
    • Chemical Bank
    • Consumers Energy Foundation
    • District 10 Health Department
    • DTE Employees
    • Edward Jones-Steve Miller
    • Erick K. Perroud DDS PC
    • Fellowship Christian Reformed Church
    • Fraternal Order of Eagles
    • FSU Business Office Employees
    • FSU Chapter of AWS
    • FSU Custodial and Maintenance Depts
    • FSU Polar Bear Run
    • FSU Student Government
    • Good Shepard Lutheran Church
    • Grant Center United Methodist Church
    • Grand West United Church
    • Great Lakes People Fund
    • H&S Companies
    • Ice Mountain
    • Isabella Bank
    • KFC
    • Lake Osceola State Bank
    • Lerner, Csernai & Fath Financial Group
    • Little Red Hens
    • Meceola Children’s Council
    • Mecosta County Community Foundation
    • Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity ReStore
    • Mecosta Osceola Career Center
    • Mecosta Osceola Intermediate School District
    • Mecosta/Osceola United Way
    • Meijer
    • Meijer Simply Give Program
    • Michael Oil & Propane
    • MOISD Employees
    • Northland United Methodist Church
    • Osceola County Community Foundation
    • P.T. Plus
    • Panera Bread
    • Qdoba
    • Reed City GFWC
    • Shaw & Betty Walker Foundation
    • Third Avenue United Methodist Church
    • TransCanada
    • Tri County Home Works
    • Tuba Bach
    • United Church of Big Rapids
    • United Methodist Church
    • USPS Stamp Out Hunger
    • Walmart
    • Wolverine World Wide Factory