Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy
The name of the organization shall be the Knoxville-Knox County
Food Policy Council. Hereinafter referred to as the FPC.
Section 1. Ensure that an adequate and nutritious food supply is available
to all citizens.
Section 2. Strengthen the economic vitality of the private food
Section 3. Improve the quality of food available to all citizens.
Section 4. Encourage citizens to accept and consume nutritious
Section 5. Avoid wasteful use of scarce resources needed for future
food production which may occur through food-related waste disposal.
Section 1. Monitor and evaluate the performance of Knoxville’s
food system, in terms of food costs, availability, accessibility,
and implications for public health and economic efficiency.
Section 2. Identify food related problems needing attention and
disseminate public reports describing those problems, along with
suggested remedies where possible.
Section 3. Promulgate goals and objectives for the food system.
Section 4. Communicate findings and recommendations about food
issues to the Mayor, City Council, County Executive, County Commission
and other relevant public officials.
Section 5. Act as a forum for discussion and coordination of community-wide
efforts to improve the overall food supply and distribution network
of the Knoxville community.
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Section 1. Members shall be appointed by the Mayor and County
Executive for a term of three years. If the Mayor or County Executive
have not appointed a member at the time of the annual meeting, then
the member whose term has expired shall serve until a successor
has been appointed.
Section 2. Terms of service will begin at the adjournment of the
Section 3. In the event of a member’s inability to serve
or resignation, and depending on who made the appointment, the Mayor
or County Executive shall appoint another person to serve for the
remainder of the unexpired term so created.
Section 4. Members shall be appointed in a “staggered”
manner. The initial appointees shall serve for the following terms:
(a) one (1) appointee of the Mayor and two (2) appointees of the
County Executive shall serve for a period of one (1) year, to be
succeeded by appointees serving full three (3) year terms; (b) two
(2) of the initial appointees by the Mayor and two (2) of the initial
appointees of County Executive shall serve for a term of two (2)
years, to be succeeded by appointees serving full three (3) year
terms; and (c) two (2) of the initial appointees of the Mayor and
two (2) of the initial appointees of the County Executive shall
serve for a full term of three (3) years, to be succeeded by appointees
serving full three (3) year terms.
Section 5. No person shall serve more than two consecutive terms
as a member. However, vacant, unexpired terms may be filled by appointment
of standing council members otherwise ineligible for reappointment.
Exceptions may also be made upon full vote of the FPC and approval
of the Mayor and County Executive.
Section 6. There shall be eleven members on the FPC; five of whom
shall be appointed by the Mayor and six of whom shall be appointed
by the County Executive.
Section 7. Council member attendance is expected at every meeting
of the FPC. For appointments beginning in 1996, in the event of
three consecutive, unexcused absences, a Council member will be
asked to resign from the Council.
Section 8. Associate members shall be appointed annually by the
FPC as deemed necessary to provide technical assistance, advice
and consultation. This shall be a non-voting membership but regular
participation shall be expected and encouraged.
Section 1. FPC officers shall be a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson
and a Secretary.
Section 2. The Chairperson shall preside at meetings and perform
other duties as prescribed by these bylaws. The Chairperson shall
be the principal spokesperson for the FPC and shall sign official
communications from the Council. The Chairperson, from time to time,
may appoint committees to perform specific duties related to the
Section 3. The Vice-Chairperson shall preside in the absence of
the Chairperson and may perform other duties of the Chairperson
when empowered by the Chairperson to do so.
Section 4. The Secretary shall be responsible for ensuring that
the minutes are accurate prior to distribution to the membership.
Section 5. The officers together shall constitute the Executive
Committee, which is empowered to act for the FPC in emergencies
or when timely action is required between regular meetings. All
executive committee actions in the name of the FPC must be ratified
at the next regular meeting of the FPC and recorded in the minutes.
Section 6. Officers shall be elected at the annual meeting in
July. Nominations may be made from the floor at that time. In the
event of contest for an office, voting shall be by secret ballot.
Section 7. Terms of office shall begin immediately upon adjournment
of the annual meeting and shall continue for one year and until
a successor assumes office.
Section 8. No person may serve more than two consecutive terms
in the same office.
Section 9. In the event an officer is unable to serve or resigns
from his or her office, the Nominating Committee shall place name(s)
in nomination for the election of a replacement at the next regular
meeting of the FPC. If the Nominating Committee has not yet been
appointed, it shall be appointed as needed for purposes of this
section and remain in existence through the annual meeting.
Section 10. An officer may be recalled from office by a majority
vote of the membership at a regular meeting of the FPC.
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Section 1. Regular meetings shall be held bimonthly, except that
with concurrence of a majority of the membership, meetings may be
cancelled from time to time. Such cancellations shall not exceed
two per calendar year.
Section 2. The date, time and place of the regular meetings shall
be fixed by the Executive Committee and announced to members at
least one week prior to the meeting date.
Section 3. The July meeting shall be the annual meeting, at which
the election of officers shall take place, and new appointments
to the FPC will be announced.
Section 4. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum
for conduct of business except as specified elsewhere in these bylaws.
Section 5. Special meetings may be called by the Chairperson for
a specific purpose, with three days notice. In order to conduct
business, special meetings must be attended by the Executive Committee
plus one voting member.
Section 6. The Executive Committee shall meet at least bimonthly
in alternate months from the regular meetings and may also meet
as necessary in addition to its regular meetings.
Section 1. These bylaws may be amended by affirmative vote of
a majority of the total membership at a regular meeting or at a
special meeting called for that purpose. Written notice of the proposed
changes shall be in the hands of members at least two weeks prior
to the meeting at which the vote to approve is scheduled.
The rules contained in the current edition of “Robert’s
Rules of Order Newly Revised” shall govern the Council in
all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not
inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order the
Council may adopt.
Adopted October 20, 1983. Revised February 29, 1996, April 16,
1996 and August 1, 2002.