Nutritional Sciences Program

Food Security/Access


September 2, 2020

Social and Emotional Learning in the School Cafeteria


Supporting the Local Food System During the COVID-19 Pandemic


August 28, 2020

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

Edible food thrown into consumer trash can

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.


June 24, 2020

Statewide survey could map how COVID-19 is affecting food security, economics

Illustrative map of Washington state

Research studying food security in WA state affected by COVID-19 is highlighted, featuring project leads Adam Drewnowski and Jennifer Otten. The study is conducted in partnership with Washington State University, Tacoma Community College, and partners in local, county and state governments.


Study asks Washington state residents to describe food security and access during pandemic, economic downturn

Knife and fork on plate

Online survey launched by Center for Public Health Nutrition gathers data on how the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic downturn have affected food access and economic security to Washington state residents.


June 4, 2020

Experts across campus discuss future of food supply system

Drawing of toilet paper in a top hat

A review of a UW experts panel discussing impacts on the food supply featuring core faculty members Jennifer Otten and Adam Drewnowski.


May 4, 2020

New study to evaluate COVID-19 impacts on Washington State food security

Adam Drewnowski and Jennifer Otten

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, how and to what extent households are able to access food continues to change in the U.S. and across the globe. What are the impacts to our food supply and food security in Washington state? A new UW study funded by the University of Washington Population Health Initiative and the…


April 30, 2020

Initiative announces award of 21 COVID-19 rapid response grants

Nutritional Sciences Program researchers awarded Population Health Initiative grant to study impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on Washington state food systems, food security, and food access. Faculty involved in the project include Adam Drewnowski, Jennifer Otten, and Sarah Collier.


November 14, 2019

Low-Income Workers’ Perceptions of Wages, Food Acquisition, and Wellbeing


Helping Without Harming: Exploring the Current State of External Child and Adolescent Wellness Programs

Objectives of project: Assess the current state of weight management approaches in child and adolescent wellness programs, and conduct a literature review to inform recommendations for child and adolescent wellness programs. Project produced in collaboration with Seattle Children’s and UW Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH).



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