And the third key, according to Slater, is to have a common support infrastructure, including a centralized warehouse and kitchen.
"I think we're talking about a pretty audacious goal, which is a great thing to be talking about," Slater said.
"… Orange County is the wealthiest county in North Carolina. There's no reason why people have to be hungry in our community."
Board of Aldermen member Sammy Slade responded to the letter, commending Slater's efforts, but expressing some concerns for the plan.
"I think it’s a good plan and a good idea. I just had a concern about its timing given the reality it's coming in a time when we are actively concerning the IFC's community kitchen proposal," Slade said.
"I think the idea is a good one and it would make sense to have a house for all the food provisions, whether it be the facility the IFC is proposing or another location."
Michael Reinke, executive director of the IFC, said the plan was to combine the IFC's Community Kitchen on 100 W. Rosemary St. with a food pantry.
"We had to survey our people going into the community kitchen," Reinke said. "Of the people going into the kitchen, more than half were not using the food pantry because it was logistically too difficult to go from the kitchen to the pantry. So, if we have it in one place we could help people get food."
Though the IFC would like to go through with this proposal first, Reinke said he wanted to work with Slater and other local businesses.
"It’s a conversation we can engage in with Weaver Street Market," Reinke said.
"One of the things we've been engaged in a conversation with Ruffin is how, working together, we think all of us can end hunger in Orange County."