FPC Spring 2013 Community Research Findings and Recommendations Released

Spring2013_Report_CoverIn the Spring of 2013, the Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy Council completed a research effort targeting two important health/economic issues in Knox County.

1.  Food access (insecurity) issues for City and County residents
2.  Farm to Fork (economic/food system) development efforts

Two tracks of meetings were held with members of the public to discuss the issues and compile a set of recommendations. The goal of these meetings were to create a specific list of Policy Recommendations to the City of Knoxville and Knox County, from the Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy Council.

These recommendations are based upon the direct input of hundreds of community members, from eight public sessions. Another outcome of this project has been to identify and build a network of passionate consumers, farmers and community leaders who care about the connections between obesity, hunger, poverty and sustainable economic and community development. The Food Policy Council has agreed to continue this community-wide discussion into the future, and remains committed to researching these issues on behalf of both the City and County.

The report and recommendations are available for your review at: http://knoxfood.org/wp-content/uploads/documents/2013KKCFPCReportfinal.pdf

Please join us when we present these recommendations to City Council and County Commission at the following dates and times:

  • City of Knoxville Council Meeting – Tuesday, September 17th, 7:00pm; presentation of final report recommendations to City Council
  • Knox County Commissioners Meeting - Monday, September 23rd, 1:45pm; presentation of recommendations to County Commission

This project has been funded by the State of Tennessee’s “Eat Well, Play More” initiative, this Food Policy Council research project aligns with the statewide goals of Tennessee’s 2010-15 Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Program.