In 2012, after 40 years of organizing in rural Tennessee counties, SOCM organized its first urban chapter in Knoxville. Since forming, our chapter members have identified poor public health as a key problem plaguing our community. While public health is an immense issue to tackle, the chapter has narrowed its focus on two goals to be attained by educational outreach and by affecting public policy; (1) increase access to healthy food for some of the nearly 60,000 Knoxvillians who live in food deserts, and (2) improve substandard air quality through tree conservation efforts. Work on both goals is already underway.
The chapter typically meets on the 4th Monday of every month in the community meeting room in the Lawson McGhee library downtown. New interested people are welcome to attend our monthly meetings. Contact organizer Katie Greer if you’d like to learn more at 865-249-7488 or Katie@socm.org.