Power of Community: MaryAnn LeRay

MaryAnn's Story

JOEMC members are doing great things, and the co-op’s Power of Community is showcasing outstanding neighbors working to make the community even better every day.

During the month of March we featured MaryAnn LeRay, Board Chairman of The Filling Station in Pollocksville. The non-profit seeks to meet the nutritional, educational, and spiritual needs of the residents of Jones County.

The Filling Station opened its food pantry on September 6, 2018, but a week later was forced to temporarily close as Hurricane Florence’s heavy rains flooded the streets of Pollocksville and much of Jones County. On September 14, one week after the hurricane left most of the area underwater, the food pantry reopened its doors and operated as a disaster relief site. For the next 14 weeks, more than 75 volunteers served over 10,000 people.