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March 23, 2021

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

Marie Spiker

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.


February 17, 2021

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

Sign saying Now Open UW Food Pantry

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.


February 10, 2021

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

Michelle Obama lunch program

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…


January 25, 2021

Allen Family Foundation boosts COVID-19-related funding for hard-hit areas in Washington State

UW Center for Public Health Nutrition research receives gift from Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, supporting the Washington State Food Security (WAFOOD) Survey, a project studying impacts of COVID-19 on food access and nutrition in Washington State.


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

Food donation volunteers

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.


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

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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.


January 4, 2021

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

Photo of canned foods

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.


January 2, 2021

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

worker stacking cans of food

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…


December 14, 2020

Going hungry in the pandemic

Volunteer packing food donation in car

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.


What you can do to reduce food waste

Jennifer Otten

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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