News

In the News

Photo of canned foods

Washington researchers start second round of food security surveys amid coronavirus pandemic

December 22, 2020 | Seattle P-I

Jennifer Otten is quoted in this story that highlights wave 2 of the Washington Food Security Survey which monitors the continuing impact of the pandemic on economic- and food-related wellbeing, eight months after the initial lockdown in the state.

Read article

worker stacking cans of food

Need for free food in Washington state has doubled, many groups report, as COVID-19 rips away jobs and security

January 2, 2021 | The Seattle Times

Every level of the food distribution chain in the state of Washington has been challenged since the pandemic began, and this article illustrates how different food assistance organizations are faring. The WAFOOD survey and study from researchers in the UW Center for Public Health Nutrition, WSU and Tacoma Community College are mentioned, and how the study aims to understand nuances of this food insecurity crisis.

Read article

Volunteer packing food donation in car

Going hungry in the pandemic

December 14, 2020 | UW DEOHS

With food insecurity at 30% in Washington State, UW researchers seek participants for a second round of statewide survey to understand WA residents’ access to food and their economic well-being. Research being conducted by the Center for Public Health Nutrition is highlighted.

Read article

Jennifer Otten

What you can do to reduce food waste

December 14, 2020 | Chicago Sun Times

Consumers from around the world waste mountains of food. In fact, food is the largest category of waste in landfills, where it generates methane, a contributor to global climate change. Associate Professor and Food Systems Director Jennifer Otten offers tips on how each of use can reduce consumer food waste.

Read article

Cows grazing in WA state field

WSDA joins UW and WSU to learn more about COVID-19 impacts to agriculture

December 8, 2020 | Washington State Department of Agriculture

How the UW, WSU is joining with the Washington Department of Agriculture to study how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Washington’s farms and ranches and those working in agriculture and learn how they have been weathering this deadly pandemic.

Read article

Empty dinner plate on wood table

Round 2 of Washington study underway to determine food, economic insecurity during pandemic

December 8, 2020 | UW News

How UW, WSU, and Tacoma Community College researchers, along with input from partners in Washington State local, county, and state government, are understanding the impacts of COVID-19 on food insecurity and access in our state.

Read article

Workers collection food donations

Nearly one-third of Washington households not getting enough food since start of pandemic: study

November 23, 2020 | Seattle P-I

Findings from a study conducted by a research team from UW, WSU, and Tacoma Community College studied how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted economic and food security in Washington State are highlighted in this story from the Seattle P-I.

Read article

Early Childcare worker wearing mask, teaching child in mask

Research Shows the Importance and Paradox of Early Childhood Care and Education

October 8, 2020 | Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

This story highlights research by Jennifer Otten that highlights the deep crisis ECCE providers and teachers face and how low wages force many to the brink of poverty. Many lack access to health insurance or paid sick or family leave.

Read article

National Guard volunteer helping pack food at Norwthwest Harvest

Food insecurity rates have more than doubled since start of COVID-19 pandemic

September 15, 2020 | knkx.org

Since the onset of the pandemic, food insecurity rates have more than doubled in WA state, according to UW Nutritional Sciences and Center for Public Health Nutrition Center researchers who comment on the recently compiled the results from their first round of a statewide survey. 

Read article

Edible food thrown into consumer trash can

Changes to food system needed to reduce consumer food waste, new report says

August 27, 2020 | UW School of Public Health

Jennifer Otten, associate professor in the UW Nutritional Sciences Program co-authored this new report which identifies recommendations for reducing consumer food waste at a national level.

Read article