Today, FoodFirst is moving ahead with plans to centralize the program’s location on 110 W. Main St. in Carrboro.
The idea for FoodFirst came in 2003 when the IFC and community leaders met to address homelessness and food services in the area.
A six-month study that followed the conversation resulted in guiding principles, one that was to create a comprehensive service center to consolidate food services, and another that was to offer more services to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness — ending with the creation of FoodFirst.
Now, the IFC and local leaders hope to make good on that promise by creating a new building where its current food pantry stands on 110 W. Main St. to accommodate the additional community food kitchen services being offered at the IFC’s 100 W. Rosemary St. location.
“I think that by having a central location we will have more people able to access the food pantry,” said Michael Reinke, the executive director of the IFC.
According to Reinke, an IFC commissioned poll of the county’s population of non-student, poor homes revealed that 64 percent of the non-student poor population live within one mile of 110 W. Main St.
“The other thing is that if we design the building correctly, we will be able to help people in other areas, and get food out to areas where people aren’t currently serving,” Reinke said.
On March 23, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen approved a land ordinance that would allow social organizations to provide food services to the community.