Food Access

Is healthy, affordable food easy for you to access? For some residents in Knoxville and Knox County, it’s a daily challenge. What can we do to make it better?


The Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy Council, with support from the Tennessee Department of Health and the Knox County Health Department, hosted a series of public meetings to discuss “How do we ensure that everyone in our community has access to affordable, healthy food?” During the food access meetings members of the public and local organizations helped to provide policy recommendations regarding food access concerns in their communities. These recommendations were chosen by meeting participants as items for consideration by the City of Knoxville and Knox County that could be undertaken to make healthy, affordable food options more easily accessible to all residents.

The meetings were held at Pellissippi State Community College’s campus on Magnolia Avenue from February to May of 2013.

The recommendations coming from these meetings, along with the recommendations from a parallel series of meetings on Farm-to-Fork issues, are being refined for presentation to City Council and County Commission within the coming months.

The agendas from the Food Access meetings are provided below. The recommendations coming out of this process are available at: and will be presented to City Council on Tuesday, September 17th at 7:00pm and to County Commission on Monday, September 23rd at 1:45pm.

Food Access – Meeting 1 – February 21, 2013

Food Access – Meeting 2 – March 21, 2013

Food Access – Meeting 3 – April 18, 2013

Food Access – Meeting 4 – May 16, 2013