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“Food is our common ground.
A universal experience.”

– James Beard

about us

Nutrition First serves as the Washington WIC Association

We support and promote breastfeeding, good nutrition, and access to food through education and advocacy. Our efforts focus on the pre-natal and early childhood populations (with an emphasis on reaching low income families); promoting prevention and shaping the health of the next generation by decreasing risk factors for chronic disease through a lifetime of good nutrition. We feel that access to healthy food is a social responsibility, and we know that good nutrition prepares a child to succeed in school and reach their full potential. Nutrition First is registered as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.


We support and promote good nutrition, breastfeeding, and equitable access to healthy foods through education and advocacy.


Well-nourished communities thriving in Washington State.


is comprised of those providing and/or administrating the WIC program, early learning professionals, Registered Nurses, Registered Dietitians, IBCLC’s and others with a passion in fulfilling our mission.

We would like to recognize our Lifetime Members – these individuals contributed a lifetime membership donation to Nutrition First:

Betty Clemmons
Susan Thiel
Lisa DiGiorgio
Malvina Goodwin
Barbara Krogstad
Stacey Webb

Thank you to our 2016 Organizational Members:


-The Children’s Alliance



-WA Dental Services Foundation

-Coordinated Care


Nutrition First, formerly Washington Association of Local WIC Agencies (WALWICA), was founded in 1987 by six WIC staff members who recognized the need to bring together the collective knowledge of a WIC professional to strengthen the quality of services provided to low-income women, infants, and children.

>> 2015 Annual Report


2017 Board of Directors

President – Larisa Harvey
Past President – vacant
President-elect – Brooke Pugliese
Treasurer – Stacey Busey
Secretary – Heather Eliason
Cindy Gamble, Cindy Johnson, Emily Rodriquez, Kate Wilson, Jodi Kuhn, Lenora Starr, Mara Andrus, Nicole Carbine,  Rachel Markham, Rachel Patton

Social Media Chair – Lindsay Irion


Carolyn Conner, Executive Director

Upcoming Events

** Save the Date! ** Statewide WIC Conference 2017!

10/24/2017 - 10/25/2017 @ All Day - Save the Date! Join your WIC colleagues from the around the state for an energizing and educational conference. We will also be celebrating 30 years of Nutrition First!  

Building on Foundations in Lactation Support – July 25 (Shoreline)

07/25/2017 @ All Day -   This training moves past the Foundations in Lactation Support training and addresses more breastfeeding challenges and resources. This is a great training for those who have already attended the Foundations (or similar) training and are interested in enhancing their skills in lactation support. REGISTRATION OPEN   Building on Foundations 2017 - Draft Agenda  

Nutrition First Annual Advances in Lactation Conference – Monday September 18, Shoreline

09/18/2017 @ All Day - Please note date change - Conference will be Monday September 18. Key Note Speaker: Catherine Watson Genna BS, IBCLC   September 18 Agenda Registration      

Recent Job Postings

Chelan Douglas Health District Part-time WIC Certifier

Chelan Douglas Health District is hiring for a part-time WIC certifier.  24 hr/wk position.  Looking for someone with WIC experience and preferably bi-lingual. Contact Laurie Riegert at 509-886-6415. 


RD/Nutritionist – Seattle

Posting #16370 – Nutritionist – RD:  Full-time registered dietitian nutritionist needed for our WIC program in Seattle. The RD is responsible for nutrition high-risk counseling and will provide client risk assessment, nutrition education, and nutrition services for clients enrolled in the WIC program. Applicant must possess a Bachelors or Masters degree in Nutrition from an […]


Bilingual WIC Clerk/Bilingual WIC Certifier: Columbia Valley Community Health

Bilingual WIC Clerk/Bilingual WIC Certifier: Columbia Valley Community Health is seeking a Bilingual WIC Clerk/Certifiers for our Wenatchee location. The position will initially start as a WIC Clerk and then advance to a WIC Certifier as training and competencies are achieved. The WIC Clerk’s primary job functions are to provide direct WIC services to applicants/clients […]