WAFOOD Brief 8 – Food Insecurity and Food Assistance During COVID-19: Follow-up Survey of Washington State Households

Published May 10, 2021, this brief focuses on findings from WAFOOD 2 survey conducted December 2020 – January 2021, and examines changes in food insecurity and food assistance in Washington State households.

Initial Findings

A total of 3,511 Washington State residents responded to the WAFOOD 2 survey. Household food insecurity remains high at 27% with disparities by income, education, race/ethnicity, and in households with children persisting. Use of any food assistance also rose from 29% before COVID-19 to 33% in WAFOOD 1 and to 42% in WAFOOD 2.

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Publication Date: May 10, 2021

Author(s): The WAFOOD survey was a joint effort between the UW and WSU with collaboration from Tacoma Community College (TCC). The team comprises Adam Drewnowski, Director, Center for Public Health Nutrition and Professor, Epidemiology at UWSPH; Jennifer J. Otten, Food Systems Director and Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) at UWSPH; Laura R. Lewis, Director, Food Systems Program and an Associate Professor, Community and Economic Development at WSU; Sarah M. Collier, Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences and DEOHS at UWSPH; Brinda Sivaramakrishnan, Professor, Community Health at TCC; Chelsea M. Rose, Research Coordinator, Epidemiology at UWSPH; Alan Ismach, Research Coordinator, Health Services at UWSPH; Esther Nguyen, Research Assistant at UWSPH; and James Buszkiewicz, Research Scientist, Epidemiology at UWSPH.

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