The 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. 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.                                                                                                 Beginning July 1st, 2021:                                                                                                                We will be open for 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 and then you will select the food you want based on the size of your household and what is available. Please, before you come to a distribution, make sure your vehicle has room for the significant amount of food you will choose.


  •  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.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:

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:


(1)  mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)  fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)  email: program.intake@usda.gov.


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.