Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health


June 10, 2024

Jennifer Otten elected president of Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society

Jennifer Otten

University of Washington faculty member Jennifer Otten has been elected the incoming president of the Agriculture, Food & Human Values Society (AFHVS), a professional organization which provides an international forum to engage in the cross-disciplinary study of food, agriculture, and health, as well as an opportunity for examining the values that underlie various visions of…

March 22, 2024

Adam Drewnowski named 2024 Wilbur Olin Atwater Memorial Lecturer

Adam Drewnowski

The United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), has named Adam Drewnowski, professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health the 2024 Wilbur Olin Atwater Memorial Lecturer. The Wiblur Olin Atwater Memorial Lecture is a forum for a presentation on a scientific topic, trend, issue, or policy of the lecturer’s…

October 11, 2023

New paper illustrates complexity of food systems data and how to close gaps

Preview of food systems data source visualization diagram

How do we support and transform sustainable food systems while maintaining and improving the nutritional status of the population? This question has become a global public health priority for international organizations, funders, academics, and policymakers.  Because food systems data are so transdisciplinary and intersect many domains such as health, nutrition, economics, society, and environment, creating…

March 13, 2023

How WA food banks are handling a hunger cliff

Food bank employee carries box of vegetables

The state of food insecurity in Washington state, as changes in federal law that will end $95 million a month in food assistance. Recently published new data from a UW and WSU survey highlights that food insecurity was highest in households made up of people of color, families with children, and among renters.

Fund food insecurity response in WA — and demand national fix

Crowd lines up outside Seattle food bank

Editorial featured in Seattle Times highlights legislative House bill 1784 which provides aencies charged with making sure those who are food insecure are asking the state for an emergency infusion of $28 million to help increase inventories at food banks and other agencies purchasing food and supplies, help manage storage facilities, food delivery and logistics,…

Survey shows food insecurity remains high in Washington state

Food donation boxes packed with food

UW associate professor Jennifer Otten was interviewed in this video and article from KOMO News about the recent results from the WAFOOD survey the impacts on low income households, particularly those with children. How Washingtonians are copying with food and fuel costs is highlighted.

Food insecurity remains high in Spokane and statewide, UW-WSU survey shows

Woman carrying bags of food down a snowy covered street

Dr. Marie Spiker is quoted in this article which highlights the increasing costs of groceries and cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Food Assistance Program (SNAP), and the most recent data from the WAFOOD survey conducted by UW and WSU in December 2022 – January 2023.

March 1, 2023

The pandemic is supposed to be over. Why is Pierce County food insecurity still so high?

Photo of man stocking shelves at food bank

Story highlights WAFOOD research published in 2023 which finds almost half of responding households reported experiencing food insecurity in the past month — with the highest occurrences among BIPOC respondents, households with children and renters. Meanwhile, the overall reliance on food assistance programs and food banks remained high.

SNAP cuts lead to warning of “hunger cliff”

Graphic illustration of a box of food

Story highlighting how pandemic food aid is ending nationwide, and this change in the federal law means more than half a million households in Washington will lose a total of about $95 million a month in food assistance even as food and fuel costs remain high or increase. Data cited in the article was recently…

Food insecurity persists in WA, just as emergency benefits expire

People lining up at NW Harvest food bank

Story provides insight into the region’s looming hunger relief problems citing new data from the UW & WSU WAFOOD survey, and the concern that pandemic-era meal assistance benefits run out this week.

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