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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.

>> 2016 Annual Report

Nutrition First Board - Board 2017

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

Foundations in Lactation Support – May 1 – Federal Way

05/01/2018 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm – Foundations in Lactation Support   Again this year Nutrition First trainer Michele Crockett, IBCLC, PCPA, LLLL, will provide this great training that is perfect for ALL new staff to attend. It’s also good for staff who want a refresher on how to support breastfeeding families. It covers staff roles, how to use client centered communication […]


Building on Foundations in Lactation Support – May 3 – Seattle

05/03/2018 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm – Building on Foundations in Lactation Support – Registration Full   Registration is now full. Please contact info@nutritionfirstwa.org to be placed on waiting list. This training moves past the Foundations training and addresses more breastfeeding challenges and resources.  This is a great training for clinics whose staff have already attended Foundations (or similar) and are interested […]


Spring Nutrition Conference – Hot Topics in Nutrition – May 16 – Seattle

05/16/2018 @ 8:15 am – 4:00 pm – Spring Nutrition Conference – Hot Topics in Nutrition Key Note Speakers: Cathy Breedon, PhD    (AKA “Aunt Cathy”) Katherine Pryor, author of “Sylvia’s Spinach” and “Zora’s Zucchini” Cost: $145   Payment Due May 31, 2018 Agenda 4.20 PDF Doors open for check-in: 7:30 am Program 8:15 am-4:00pm Coffee, light snacks and lunch will be provided. […]


Recent Job Postings

Nutritionist/RD – Aberdeen WA

Sea Mar Community Health Center is a health care organization serving the residents of King, Skagit, Snohomish, Pierce, Clark, Whatcom, Thurston, Franklin, Grays Harbor, and Island Counties. Please visit our website at www.seamar.org. We are recruiting for the following position(s).    ABERDEEN Posting #17106-Nutritionist-RD: Full-time Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) needed to work in our outpatient […]


WIC Supervisor – Snohomish Health District

The Snohomish Health District is hiring for a WIC Supervisor. Please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/snohd for a full job description and to submit your resume and application. Position is open until filled with first review of applicants on April 11, 2018. Top applicants will be invited via email to the first round of interviews to be held […]