Contact Us
info@feastdowneast.org    910-465-3386
115 S. Dickerson St.  Burgaw, NC 28425
or for mailing address:
PO Box 55, Burgaw, NC 28425

Feast Down East, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, tax ID# 32-0333038.

Local Food Access

In order to achieve a thriving, equitable food system, it is important that all consumers have access to sources for local food. Feast Down East helps to empower consumers through our Buy Local Food Campaign, which provides information about where and how to purchase local food from a variety of sources. However, we recognize that some individuals and communities face unique barriers such as financial, geographic or educational challenges. In an effort to provide additional support to limited-resource consumers, Feast Down East offers the Healthy Communities Program in low-income neighborhoods and the Farm-to-School Program in high-needs schools.   
We aim to raise public awareness and support for the local food movement through various marketing and media promotions. The goal is to educate consumers on the importance of buying local food and supporting agriculture across Southeastern North Carolina. This is important because consumer demand is a key element in generating market outlets for the sale of local food. Some of our previous efforts have included farmers' market promotions, highlighting locally-sourcing restaurants, and general consumer education campaigns. We also use our Eat Local website page and social media to keep the public informed about the local food scene and how to get involved in our food movement.
HEALTHY COMMUNITIES PROGRAM
BUY LOCAL FOOD CAMPAIGN
 

Access

The FDE Healthy Communities Program aims to improve the health and wellbeing of limited-resource consumers by providing access to fresh, local food. In partnership with the Wilmington Housing Authority, this program offers services in several public housing developments. These are food desert locations where residents have low access to a supermarket or large grocery store. The Healthy Communities Program helps advance food security in these neighborhoods by distributing affordable farm food, providing healthy cooking classes, building community gardens, and strengthening community engagement. This program is offered in partnership with AmeriCorps VISTA, a national program that places services members with anti-poverty efforts across the country. We also rely on the support of community volunteers, including WHA residents, student interns from the Public Health program at UNCW, and faculty and student volunteers from the culinary program at Cape Fear Community College. The Healthy Communities Program is funded in part by The Junior League of Wilmington.
 
Weekly Fresh Market
Open to the public! Affordable local produce! We accept EBT!
  
Rankin Street & 11th Street - Fridays, 9:30am-12:30pm
        
Subject to weather and produce availability. Please visit our calendar to confirm market dates and times
and follow the Fresh Market page on Facebook for the latest updates. 
 
 
FARM-to-SCHOOL PROGRAM
Through a partnership with FoodCorps, this program works in schools to build gardens, teach good nutrition, and bring more fresh fruits and vegetables into cafeterias. FoodCorps is a national program that connects kids to healthy food in schools by placing AmeriCorps leaders in high-needs schools. Feast Down East is a FoodCorps Service Site for New Hanover County and co-supervises the program with Brunswick County Cooperative Extension in that county.
      
For the 2017-18 school year, the FoodCorps service member in New Hanover County, Kathleen Hoolihan, is working at Forest Hills Global Elementary. The Brunswick County service member, Casey Auch, is working at Supply Elementary.