WAFOOD Brief 10 – Food Security and Food Access Amid COVID-19 in Spokane County Households

Published August 16, 2021, this brief provides insights into Spokane County, Washington residents food security, food assistance, food access, mental well-being, and economic assistance during the winter of the COVID-19 pandemic (December 2020/January 2021).

Initial Findings

A total of 354 Spokane County residents responded to the WAFOOD 2 survey comprising 10% of the 3,511 statewide respondents. This brief provides a snapshot of Spokane County participant responses, including continued high rates of food insecurity, particularly in lower income households (58%) and in households with high school education or less (55%). Use of food assistance rose from 32% before COVID-19 to 41% in December 2020/January 2021. About half of all Spokane County respondents said they felt stressed all or most of the time in the past 30 days.

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Publication Date: August 16, 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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