JOY COMMUNITY CENTER
We provide hot, nutritious meals
Our mission is to establish, organize, operate and promote facilities and services in Pitt County for the benefit of the
poor and less fortunate persons.
Our primary focus is to deal with food insecurity among the poor and homeless in our community.
What We Do
We are located in a part of the city that experiences higher food insecurity.
Started as the Greenville Soup Kitchen in the mid 1980’s, the JOY Soup Kitchen is the only place in Greenville that prepares and serves a free, daily meal to address an essential community need.
Services and Community Engagement:
Hot nutritious meals
JOY serves a free, nutritious meal each weekday from 10:30 – 12:30 & Evening Meals are served every
Monday – Thursday from 5:00 – 6:00
We have partnered up with Health
Assist to re-establish a Community
We offer job placement opportunities and assistance through Access East
We served 49,660 meals in 2022 and right now are on pace for 60,000 in 2023!
In 2020, JOY served over 27,598 meals to people in need. We served 42,491 in 2021. With your help and contributions we are on track to provide 60,000 this year.
There are no criteria for eligibility, and we provide meals to all who come to the JOY Community Building.
We run on volunteers. Volunteers are needed to help prep & serve meals, clean up after services, and organize stock rooms.
Contributions are needed to support the general operation, repairs/improvements, and for food or equipment.
JOY is looking to partner with organizations that want to help the community whether to serve as a team building exercise or host supply drives to help with our costs.
Contribute to a campaign
We continue to be overwhelmed by the level of need, as well as the generosity of our community.
This past year we’ve partnered with over a dozen local restaurants that want to take a day to prepare and serve food.
One of the restaurants pulls his cooker into our parking lot every few weeks and spends the day broiling 20 briskets or 120 quarter chickens.