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UW & WSU Washington State Food Security Survey

WAFOOD food security survey now open to WA residents

July 15, 2021

A third wave of the WAFOOD Survey is now active, and asks all Washington State residents over the age of 18 to provide information on their household food access, economic security, and emotional well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier findings gathered in June and July 2020, found that 30% of WA households were food insecure,...

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For many King County families, food aid ‘not nearly enough’ as need spikes in pandemic

June 27, 2021 | The Seattle Times

Food bank staff and public health officials predict it will take households several years to recover from food insecurity made worse by the economic instability of the pandemic. Ongoing research led by the UW Center for Public Health Nutrition in partnership with Washington State University and Tacoma Community College is highlighted.

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Food Insecurity and Food Assistance During COVID-19: Follow-up Survey of Wa State

Reliance on food assistance programs on the rise in Washington State

May 11, 2021

Food insecurity remains high and disparities persist among Washington State households, while reliance on food assistance programs across the state have risen over the past six months, according to new data published by the University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition. The latest report from the WAFOOD research team compares data from two surveys,...

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How farms and ranches in Washington have been impacted by COVID-19

March 31, 2021

Nearly 60% of farms and ranches in Washington State have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 in 2020, and expect to make changes to adapt their businesses in 2021, according to a new report published by the University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition in collaboration with Washington State University and the Washington State Department...

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You waste more than $1,000 of food a year. Chew on that

March 23, 2021 | Los Angeles Times

Marie Spiker speaks with the Los Angeles Times about global food waste and new data published in the Food Waste Index for 2021 by the UN Environment Programme which assesses that the world wastes 1 billion tons of food each year.

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How the UW food pantry has adapted to rising food insecurity in the state

February 16, 2021 | The Daily

The Daily highlights how the UW Food Pantry is adapting to address food insecurity, and what UW Nutritional Sciences Program researchers involved in the WAFOOD survey have assessed thus far about state-wide food insecurity trends during the pandemic.

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Michelle Obama is continuing her mission with a Netflix children’s show, ‘Waffles + Mochi’

February 9, 2021 | Upworthy

Former first lady Michelle Obama to expand the work she started with her “Let’s Move” campaign which helps kids eat better and live healthy lives. A UW study published this year in JAMA by Nutritional Sciences Program researchers is noted. The study authors include senior study author Jessica Jones-Smith, Kelsey Kinderknecht, and Cristen Harris. The researchers found evidence that the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that Obama championed had a positive impact for students who participated.

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UW & WSU Washington State Food Security Survey

WAFOOD survey receives support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

January 26, 2021

Among the several non-profit organizations and programs receiving recent emergency funding from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the University of Washington Foundation has received a gift in support of the WAFOOD food insecurity survey. The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has to date provided $12 million in emergency funding to provide relief to the...

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The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Continues Support for Vulnerable Communities During COVID-19

January 25, 2021 | PR Newswire

New support will boost efforts toward economic and social relief to those experiencing disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the University of Washington WAFOOD survey.

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New COVID-19 Grants to Boost Efforts Toward Economic and Social Relief

January 25, 2021 | Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announces $1.4 million in emergency funding focused on getting the state’s underserved populations the food, child care, and stability they need most during this time. The gift includes direct support to the collaborative research by UW, WSU, and Tacoma Community College on food access in Washington State due to COVID-19.

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