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.
WHY IT MATTERS:
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
- 9% of King County households ran out of food in 2010, up from 6% in 2007
Food is more likely to run out...
- In South Region compared to East Region
- For African Americans and Hispanic/Latinos than for whites and Asians
- For those younger than 45
- For lower-income groups
- For those with less education
- For those unable to work
- For King County households with children, including...
King County residents do not have equal access to healthy food.
- Food deserts are found in South Seattle and the South Region of King County.
- South Region has fewer farmers’ markets per capita than other regions.
- Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards are accepted at …
- 100% of Seattle’s 14 farmers’ market locations
- 50% of North Region’s 4 farmers’ markets
- 44% of South Region’s 9 farmers’ markets
- 33% of East Region’s 13 farmers’ markets