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  • 1. Health Inequity: Food Access and Affordability Knox County Health Department 2011 In 2008,University of Tennessee Public Health Nutrition graduate students conducted a food equity assessment in Knox County. Students used standardized methods to gather food price information in each of the twelve Knoxville-Knox County MPC planning sectors. Lower income sectors had higher average food prices. The price of the standard “market basket” in Central City, which had the lowest mean family income, was $20 higher than the price in the highest income sector, Southwest County. The sector with the second highest mean family income, West City, had the lowest average food prices and fruits and vegetables were a lower percentage of the total food cost. In contrast, lower income sectors East City, South City and Central City had higher food costs with a higher percent cost for fruits and vegetables. Source: University of Tennessee Graduate Public Health Nutrition Program (2008): Food Equity In Knox County: 2008 Community Assessment. Knoxville (TN). .