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Homeless youths in Seattle receive most meals from shelters and drop-in centers

January 4, 2021

Over 75% of young adults experiencing homelessness in the greater Seattle area say they have enough food to eat, and most receive their weekly meals at shelters and drop-in centers, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the Academic of Nutrition and Dietetics.    The study, which surveyed 122 youths aged 14-22 years...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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New Fred Hutch-led trial shows no benefits of dairy foods for blood sugar regulation

November 16, 2020 | Fred Hutch

Findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by core faculty member Mario Kratz are in contrast to many observational studies suggesting dairy intake may reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes.

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Undergraduate student scholarships for 2020-2021

October 22, 2020

Congratulations to our 2020-21 undergraduate scholarship recipients supported by the Food Systems, Nutrition & Health Major Fund, established by dedicated alumni and friends to ensure the Food Systems major thrives in its early years. Our outstanding recipients for this academic year were selected for their excellent academic achievement, dedication to community service and extracurricular activities,...

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