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News Release
Release No. STELPRD4022926
ContactGreg Batson(573) 876-9304
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Mexico, MO, Jan 14, 2014 -- On behalf of USDA Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning, Assistant to the State Director Tim Rickabaugh today announced funding for The Help Center, Inc. Rural Development approved a Rural Business Enterprise Grant of $25,000. These funds were used to purchase an truck.

Secretary Tom Vilsack said that today’s announcement is another reminder of the importance of USDA programs for rural America. A comprehensive new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill would further expand the rural economy, Vilsack added, saying that’s just one reason why Congress must get a comprehensive Bill done as soon as possible.

“I am pleased that USDA Rural Development is providing The Help Center of Mexico, MO with $25,000 in funding to pay for the purchase of a truck,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4). “This truck will be an important asset as it will be used to pick up larger items for resale at The Help Center’s thrift shop as well as for distribution of food.”

“Food scarcity is a real issue for many rural families. You would think in a state with a strong agriculture base finding food to feed a family would be no problem, but the fact is the problem exists,” Rickabaugh said. “The Help Center is involved in assisting families and individuals solve their food shortage problem. Purchasing the truck for use in the collection of larger items for sale in the thrift store will allow them to extend or enlarge their food assistance. Rural Development is humbled and encouraged by the selfless work done on behalf of families and individuals in need by The Help Center.”

Community Facility Grant and Loan Programs provide loans, grants, and loan guarantees for projects to develop essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. This may include hospitals, fire protection, public safety, libraries, schools, day care centers as well as many other community-based initiatives. USDA also works to develop the capacity and ability of private, nonprofit community-based housing and community development organizations, and low income rural communities to improve housing, community facilities, community and economic development projects in rural areas.

Further information on rural programs is available by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at or by contacting Area Specialist Cheryl Elliott at the New London Rural Development office, 17623 Highway 19, New London, Missouri 63459; by phone at (573) 985-7211, Ext. 4; or by email at

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.


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Last Modified:11/20/2014 
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