Ruffin Slater, the general manager of Hillsborough's Weaver Street Market, has challenged the local government and businesses to eliminate world hunger in the next five years.
After floating the idea in a board meeting with the Inter-Faith Council and other local businesses — all of which, he said, were enthusiastic about the ambitious perspective he offered.
Slater then sent a letter outlining his vision to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen. In the letter, he discusses the three keys to ending hunger in Orange County.
"We need a comprehensive approach," Slater said in an email to the Board of Aldermen.
He said the first key is to have multiple approaches, outlets and locations. The second, he said, is an innovative approach to scale up methods to reach more people.
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.