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:
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.
2018 Board of Directors
President – Brooke Pugliese
Past President – Larisa Harvey
President-elect – Rachel Markham
Treasurer – Stacey Busey
Secretary – Heather Eliason
Mara Andrus, Delores Baccus, Nicole Carbine, Season Fagan, Cindy Gamble, Kelsey Kreiger, Cindy Johnson, Lindy Marquez, Lenora Starr, Kate Wilson
Carolyn Conner, Executive Director
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The Software Support Consultant (4 positions) support the implementation of Cascades, a new information management system that assists our partners in providing WIC nutrition services to low-income families and assuring federal and state WIC requirements are met. This system will be used by local WIC agencies in Washington to provide services to participants beginning in […]