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UNCW Mourns the Loss of Former Feast Down East Executive Director Jane Steigerwald

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

The UNCW community is saddened to share the news of former Feast Down East Executive Director Jane Ann Steigerwald’s passing on Sept. 30, 2018.

Steigerwald served as the executive director of Feast Down East from May 2012 through September 2014. She had worked with Feast Down East since 2009 in various capacities and initiated program development and growth of the nonprofit organization during her tenure.
 
Under her leadership, Feast Down East grew from a six-county outreach area to 11 counties, developed its farm-to-school program as well as a Food Corps project. She is also credited with outfitting the Food Hub in Burgaw, where farmers bring their goods to be packaged and shipped out for delivery, and led efforts to partner with the Wilmington Housing Authority to connect with several public housing developments where residents have limited access to affordable fresh foods.
 
Feast Down East is affiliated with UNCW through the Southeastern North Carolina Food Systems Program; its mission is to create a healthy, accessible local food system that supports economic growth in the region. Prior to joining Feast Down East, Steigerwald worked for many years as a dietician in various school districts in New York.
 
A memorial Mass was held Oct. 3 at Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary. Condolences can be submitted online at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation.