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April 1, 2024

New book ‘Getting to Baby’ offers advice for boosting fertility

Judy Simon

Judy Simon is interviewed by The Seattle Times about her a new book she co-authored that offers advice for boosting fertility through optimal nutrition, using an evidence-based, compassionate approach. Simon is a fertility expert and registered dietitian at University of Washington Medicine and a clinical instructor in the Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health Program. This…


April 1, 2023

Science Debunks a Decades-Old Myth About Drinking Milk

Illustration of milk with calcuations noted in margins

“Consuming dairy, like cow’s milk, is not culturally included in all dietary patterns,” says Michelle Averill, a nutritional sciences professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health. “So it’s an assumed acculturation recommendation to say, ‘Drink milk.’”


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.


December 9, 2022

How to Get Connected And Fight Food Insecurity

Marie Spiker is quoted in this article which highlights ways to help fight food insecurity in the Greater Seattle area in a meaningful way during the holiday season. Spiker says, “It’s not just about ‘not having food’ — people may find themselves skipping meals, reducing the size of their meals or choosing non-preferred foods for…



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