Cara Stretch, Cara, our new Executive Director, joined Feast Down East in May 2019. Cara obtained a BA in English from West Chester University and spent several years in the lending industry. In 2007 Cara was hired by a non-profit in Baltimore City to help the already vulnerable avoid foreclosure during the financial crisis. The experience of working with clients as a housing counselor motivated Cara to create a holistic housing counseling department with a mission to help stabilize some of Baltimore City’s most vulnerable families in their housing. Health is a major destabilizing factor for clients and Cara was struck by the lack of access to fresh, healthy food. After working with legislatures both in her time at the non-profit and while working for the State of Maryland to create fair and equitable lending laws, Cara fell in love with policy work and wanted to work to ensure fair access to healthy food. She obtained a certificate as a health coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and then received a master’s degree in nutrition and integrative health from Maryland University of Integrative Health. For years Cara and her husband wanted to move somewhere warmer and closer to the beach and after researching areas decided to relocate to Wilmington. She is thrilled to join Feast Down East and to work with the staff, board and community to extend accessibility and education about the benefits of fresh and healthy food while helping farmers build strong, stable businesses. You can find Cara and her family at the beach, working out, cooking, exploring farmer’s markets and trying new restaurants in their free time.