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Food: Summary & Data Highlights

Not everyone in King County has enough food.

Lack of adequate food can affect physical and mental health. Children who grow up in homes without enough food are at increased risk of illness, and of experiencing academic and psychosocial problems. Nutritional deficiencies and family stress both contribute to these outcomes.


Among children, food insecurity associated with:

  • Problems with health, behavior, and cognitive development
  • Non-cognitive measures: interpersonal skills, self-control, attentiveness, persistence, and flexibility (last 3 referred to as “approaches to learning”

Among adults, food insecurity associated with:

  • Depressive symptoms in mothers
  • Health of pregnant mothers:  greater weight gains during pregnancy; higher risk of diabetes (increasing infants risk of overweight/obesity)

Food insecurity is unacceptably high in King County, especially among children.

  • >20% of King County Children are food insecure
  • >13% of King County residents overall are food insecure

Household food sometimes/often doesn't last.

  • 9% of King County households ran out of food in 2010, up from 6% in 2007

Food is more likely to run out...

King County residents do not have equal access to healthy food.

The need for food assistance in King County continues to climb.