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. 

  •  We distribute supplemental food every Wednesday from 9 am-12 pm and every Friday 3 pm-6 pm at 409 Fairground St., Mexico, MO. 65265

  • On the third Thursday of each month we distribute food in Vandalia from 11 am-2 pm, at the First Baptist Church multi-purpose building, 111 S. Main, Vandalia.

  • Distribuimos alimentos suplementarios todos los miércoles de 9 am-12 pm y todos los viernes 3 pm-6 pm en 409 Fairground St., México, MO. 65265

  • El tercer jueves de cada mes distribuimos alimentos en Vandalia de 11 am-2 pm, en el primer edificio multiusos de la Iglesia Bautista, 111 S. Main, Vandalia.

To sign up for supplemental food please see the fillable application at the bottom of this section. 

Each household is eligible to participate in our supplemental food distributions once per month, at any one of these distributions.  Eligibility for Feeding America provided food is, that you need food. You will need to bring proof of residency in Audrain County, a current Missouri picture ID, and have completed our application stating household income and members.

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.

  • COVID 19 changes: As fall and winter approach and COVID-19 shows no signs of relenting and with flu season adding additional layers of concern, we continue to distribute all supplemental food via our curbside distribution method. On distribution days, you will be directed to the rear of our building, where we will gather your information and then verify in our system. We will then bring the food to your vehicle and load it for you. we ask that you do not leave your vehicle please.

  •  Please make sure that your trunk or cargo area is empty so that we can load your food in the most efficient manner possible. Please leave additional passengers at home.  

  • Our volunteers will practice social distancing and wear protective gear.

New applicants are always welcome, all you'll need is your MO. picture ID and we'll complete the Food Bank application for you, and you'll receive supplemental food the same day. 

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.

USDA United States Department of Agriculture 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: How to File a 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:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


The Help Center Inc. DBA: The Laura Miller George Help Center

409 Fairground St., Mexico, MO. 65265


573-581-3238 Extension 12

409 Fairground St. Mexico, MO 65265

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