Board of Directors
Board Chair- Mary Ann LeRay
Vice-Chair- Zack Zoonce
Treasurer- John Taylor
Secretary- Maria Robles
Sheri Smith Cheryl Simmons
Charlie Dunn Karen Plaster
Clyde Murphy Felecia Brinkley
Norma Sermon-Boyd Silvia Miller
The Filling Station, a dream born out of an old propane company, opened its doors on August 28, 2017. Why the Filling Station name? During a walk-through of the building, someone noticed a red hazardous material warning sign with a flame with the numbers 1075, the classification of propane. The group discovered that Psalm 107:5 read: “They were hungry and thirsty; their lives were slipping away.” A new mission was launched and it called “The Filling Station” to refer to the building’s prior use as well as to its new purpose. Our mission is to fill unmet needs as it relates to Nutrition, Education, and Connection to the citizens of Jones County.
Lenoir Community College provides basic computer classes to keep the community connected.
The New Bern Radio Club is also a partner who can notify the community in the case of an emergency and works closely with Jones County Emergency Management.
We opened our Food Pantry on September 6, 2018, one week before Hurricane Florence hit Eastern North Carolina. Mayor Jay Bender called on us to serve as a disaster relief center. On September 21st, we opened as a Disaster Relief center providing assistance to over 10,000 individuals (2500 households) with the help from over 75-100 volunteers and approximately 250 donors from around the United States.
January 2019, we returned to our main mission of Nutrition, Education, and Connection. Our Food Pantry is open 2 days a week and we have served 6643 individuals (3102 households) in Jones County.