Nutritional Sciences Program

Research & Practice


July 15, 2021

WAFOOD food security survey now open to WA residents

UW & WSU Washington State Food Security Survey

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,…


June 27, 2021

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

Photo of client at Auburn Food Bank

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.


May 11, 2021

Reliance on food assistance programs on the rise in Washington State

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

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,…


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 26, 2021

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

UW & WSU Washington State Food Security Survey

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…


January 25, 2021

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.


January 4, 2021

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

Youth on skateboard sitting on urban street

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…


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…



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