In Seattle and East Region, food hardship increased for adults without children.
In a telephone survey, King County adults were asked how often in the past 12 months (never, sometimes, or often) their food didn’t last and they didn’t have money to buy more. Answers of “sometimes” or “often” are indicators of food hardship. Data from 2011, 2012, and 2013 were combined to improve the stability of estimates. Because food hardship increased dramatically in just 3 years, line charts are used to show patterns of change across groups.
The patterns of change in food hardship for adults living in households with and without children vary across King County regions. Between 2010 and 2011-2013,
- In South Region, adults with and without children reported parallel but non-significant increases in food hardship.
- In Seattle, food hardship more than doubled, from 5% to 12%, among adults without children.
- In East Region, food hardship tripled, from 3% to 9%, among adults without children. This change was paired with a non-significant halving of food hardship among East Region adults with children.
- No conclusions could be drawn about North region due to instability of 2010 estimates for adults with and without children and the 2011-2013 estimate for adults with children.