With #GivingTuesday and the holidays here, Extra Table is unveiling a plan to raise needed funds to continue and sustain its feeding programs throughout the state. With Mississippi being the most food insecure state in the United States, with 1 in 5 Mississippians unsure if they can afford their next meal, Extra Table has lots of funds to secure in order to continue its 11-year tradition of providing healthy meals to pantries on a monthly basis.

Merry Mississippi, an online auction of the 12 most unique Mississippi items and experiences, kicks off THIS MONDAY and runs for 12 consecutive days.

Want to party with Marty Stuart at his new museum the Congress of Country Music? Fish for a day on the 61-foot Southern Miss boat parked at the Palace Casino Marina and enjoy cooked fresh catch dockside. Art by Bradley Gordon of Oxford, a custom Raggio duck call carved out of MLB player Jake Mangum’s wooden bat…Do you want to sip on some Old RIP Van Winkle or bring a new Labradoodle puppy home for the family? Home décor consultation by the Home Town stars, the Napiers…your wildest designer dreams come true! With Merry Mississippi you can bid on all that and so much more! The Merry Mississippi online auction will begin this Monday, December 7 and will go on for 12 days. Every day one new item will be released at 5 a.m. and the auction for that item will close nightly at 8 p.m. with another item going up for sale again the following morning at 5 a.m.

“The holidays are such a busy time of year and all our shopping list are long so we have made this easy. At Extra Table, we have gathered the wildest, most amazing items and experiences all reflective of the talent, nature and history that defines our great state,” stated Martha Allen, Extra Table’s executive director. “We have put a price tag on these items just for you with our goal being to raise needed funds so that we can continue providing food to our hungry neighbors right here in Mississippi.”

HINT: the first auction item requires you to get a duck stamp and pack your waders.

Allen notes it is time to log on to the auction site – bid, bid big and bid often she says. “Extra Table needs your support in order to continue our 11-year tradition of feeding healthy foods to the masses in Mississippi through the most efficient and effective way possible.”

Extra Table’s Mission

Extra Table is the AMAZING partnership launched by well-known restaurateur Robert St. John, in 2009, making a difference in the lives of Mississippians by fundraising in order to stock food pantries and soup kitchens across the state with wholesome nutritious food. Today, Extra Table partners with over 50 food pantries and soup kitchens and one food hub. 100% of the funds raised from this event will be used to provide wholesome nutritious food to food pantries and soup kitchens state-wide.

You can catch all the details of Merry Mississippi by visiting Extra Table’s website at or social media pages. For more information, call 601-264-0672 or