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:
Thank you to our 2016 Organizational Members:
-The Children’s Alliance
-WA Dental Services Foundation
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.
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
Recent Job Postings
Epidemiologist 3 – Research, Analysis and Evaluation Unit Supervisor DOH3756 Washington State Department of Health, Prevention and Community Health Division, Office of Nutrition Services (Office of Nutrition Services includes WIC Program, FMNP & SNAP-Ed) Tumwater, WA