The Laura Miller George Help Center Food Pantry
We are an equal opportunity provider!
Food insecurity is real and it exists in Audrain County. With your support, the Help Center is able to instill hope and a sense of security for families and individuals, knowing that they can have food on the table and not have to do without other basic necessities to do so.
The Laura Miller George Help Center supplemental food distribution programs: The Help Center provides supplemental food to families in need, people who experience food insecurity. To be eligible for supplemental food, the only requirement is, that you need food.
Our food pantry is primarily for residents of Audrain County however we can serve residents of other counties as well.
Each day that we are open we have a limited amount of food available in our lobby, which we call our Sharing Room. This food is available to anyone, anytime. You do not need to sign up or sign in, you simply take the food that you need to help you get by until you can get food another way.
Every Monday morning from 9:00am-10:00am, at 409 Fairground, we distribute food that is provided to us by Walmart, Aldi, & Moser's Foods. For this distribution, anyone is eligible and no sign in is required, just show up and form a line at 9:00am in the front of the building. You will enter the building and choose the food that you wish, with limits as to how much per person.
Our main distribution of supplemental food is food provided to us by The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. To receive this food, you must have completed a Food Bank application, (which are available in our lobby, at the distribution, or on our website www.mexicohelpcenter.org and show photo identification at each distribution. You are eligible once per month for these distributions. New supplemental food distribution hours, beginning July 1st, 2021: We will be open for supplemental distribution during the following hours each week at 409 Fairground: Monday - 12:00pm-4:00pm Tuesday – 12:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday – 9:00am-1:00pm (From 12:00pm-1:00pm we will provide curbside service for disabled or seniors) Thursday – 12:00pm-4:00pm Friday – 3:00pm-7:00pm. We will ask for your identification so that we can find you in our computerized system. If you are not enrolled in our supplemental food distribution program, you can complete the application at the bottom of this page and send it to us or just stop by and pick up a paper application and complete it. Once you are in the system, you will be able to select the food you want, based on the size of your household and what is available.
We also hold a once monthly distribution in Vandalia, MO. for anyone who lives on the eastern side of Audrain County. It is held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 11:00am-2:00pm, located at 111 S. Main, The First Baptist Church multi-purpose building. This is instead of coming to Mexico.
To sign up for supplemental food for any of our times or locations, please see the fillable application at the bottom of this section, or come to our facility to get a paper application.
Each household is eligible to participate in our supplemental food distributions once per month, at any one of these distributions.
New applicants are always welcome. All you need is your MO. picture ID and to complete the Food Bank application. You will receive supplemental food the same day
No one will ever be turned away and their privacy is always respected and protected. We believe every single person has the right to dignity and respect and be able to have food.
Please make sure that your trunk or cargo area is empty. Please leave additional passengers at home. That way you will have room for food.
We also provide TEFAP (USDA) funded food and the eligibility for this food is that you meet the income guideline of 125% of the Federal Poverty guideline.
2020 USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
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Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
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This program is provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), write: HHS Director, Office for Civil Rights, Room 515-F, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201 or call (202) 619-0403 (voice) or (800) 537-7697 (TTY).
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Misconceptions about food pantry participants:
Perhaps one of the biggest misconceptions about people who utilize the services of food pantries is that they are just looking for a hand-out and come as often as possible to get all they can.
Our experience at The Laura Miller George Help Center food pantry is just the opposite.
The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri gathered aggregate information from the data that we provide to them from every food distribution and found that only 10.3% of our participants came 11 or 12 months of the year to our once monthly supplemental food distributions. 13.7% of our participants came to 8-10 of the possible 12 distributions, 18.2% participated 5-7 months of the year, 33.5% only came 2-4 times during the year, and finally, 24.3% of all our food pantry participants only came to a supplemental food distribution 1 time during the entire year!
So the facts bare out the truth that people come to a food pantry only when they need food. I suppose there will always be a select few that abuse any system of assistance, but I ask you this, how do you actually know what is going on in someone else's life? Have you walked in their shoes, have you lived in their home, do you know everything they may be dealing with? The answer to that question is no, you and I do not know what another is dealing with and we have no right to judge them or prevent them from receiving a basic life sustaining necessity such as food!
If you would like to know more or you would like to be engaged in service to others, reach out to me by email (email@example.com), call me at 573-581-3238 Extension 12, or just drop by and visit with us and find out how you can serve others and find fulfilment in your life!
Providing supplemental food to our Senior Citizens
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program, better known as CSFP or Senior Boxes "This institution is an equal opportunity provider".
At The Laura Miller George Help Center food pantry we have seen the great disparity in the number of senior citizens who are recipients of the services we provide. There are potentially many reasons for this but we think perhaps one of the biggest is the lack of transportation. That’s why we’re so excited about our newest program, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). Or more commonly know as the “Senior Box” program. We’re able to provide approximately $50.00 worth of food, (35lbs.) which is high in nutritional value, once per month and if needed, we can deliver it right to door of our seniors, or you can pick up the monthly box at any of our food distributions. Eligibility for this program: you must be a resident of Audrain County, be 60 years of age or older and have a household income of 130% or less of the poverty level. If you or someone you know is living on a fixed income and needs food, give us a call and we’ll see if you qualify and if so you could be receiving a box very soon! In cooperation with the USDA. The MO. DHSS & The Food Bank for Central & Northeast MO. If you would like to volunteer to help with this great program, please see the volunteering tab on this website or call me at 573-581-3238, Extension 12 to find out how.