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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.  Individual membership is free. By signing up to receive the Nutrition First Newsletter, you are considered a member!

Local WIC Agency Membership

All WIC agencies in Washington State are members of Nutrition First.  Local WIC Agency Membership Benefits


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



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.

Newsletter Archives

Nutrition First is hiring! November newsletter


October Newsletter

Advocacy opportunities & Foundations Training is Live!


Trainings, Advocacy, and More!

Read about trainings, advocacy opportunities, and more in this issue of the Nutrition First newsletter!


Upcoming Events

Advances in Lactation Conference – September 28, 2022

09/28/2022 @ All Day – Save the Date and Call for Abstracts:   2022 Advances in Lactation Conference   Colleagues, friends, and supporters; Nutrition First, the WIC Association of Washington, is excited to announce that we are in the planning stages for this year’s Advances in Lactation Conference! The conference will again be virtual and will be held on Sept […]

Annual Nutrition Conference – June 8, 2022

06/08/2022 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Registration for Nutrition First’s 2022 Annual Nutrition Conference is now available!   The conference will again be virtual and held on June 8, 2022. Activities will begin with virtual networking at 8:30am, followed by the start of the conference at 9:00am and wrapped up by 4:00pm. This year’s theme is Shaping the Future of Nutrition Education. We are […]

Foundations in Lactation Support – available now!

09/10/2021 – 12/31/2022 @ All Day –

Updated in 2021 to be more inclusive of the diverse population WIC serves!

Recent Job Postings

WIC Program Manager 2 – Regional Health District

Be the one who paves the way for the Women, Infants and Children’s (WIC) Program to continue to help the lives of those in your community. Be the leader of the amazing team of WIC Certifiers as they partner with clients through the somewhat challenging process of address health needs during and after pregnancy and […]

Refugee Resettlement Office Volunteers

Refugee Resettlement Office Seeks Volunteers The Preferred Community (PC) Program served by the Refugee Resettlement Office (RRO) of Seattle, an affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries, is seeking a variety of volunteers to support the services provided to some of the most vulnerable refugees, parolees, and asylees they serve. The PC Program at RRO provides intensive […]

Program and Communications VISTA

Nutrition First is #hiring. Know anyone who might be interested? We are currently looking for an AmeriCorps VISTA as part of the Anti-Hunger Corps through Hunger Free America. If you’ve ever had an interest in public health, this is a great opportunity to grow programming and communication for an organization that serves the WA State […]




Delores Baccus
Delores Baccus

Board President

WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program Manager

Public Health Seattle and King County

Seattle WA

Stacey Busey
Stacey Busey

Board Treasurer

WIC Supervisor, RDN, CD, IBCLC

Yakima Valley Farm Works Clinic

Yakima WA

Cindy Johnson
Cindy Johnson

Board Secretary

WIC Coordinator/Nutritionist

Mattawa Community Medical Clinic

Mattawa WA

Cindy Gamble
Cindy Gamble

Board Past-President

Tribal Public Health Consultant

American Indian Health Commission for Washington State

Olympia, WA

Jose Romo Ramirez
Jose Romo Ramirez

WIC Nutrition Assistant/Certifier

Public Health Seattle and King County

Auburn WA

Ana Ortega
Ana Ortega

WIC Certifier/Breastfeeding Educator

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic

Walla Walla WA

Larisa Harvey
Larisa Harvey

WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator, IBCLC

Pregnancy Aid-WIC

Snohomish County

Mara Andrus
Mara Andrus

WIC Nutrition Consultant

Public Health Seattle and King County

Seattle WA


Malia Mullen
Malia Mullen

Executive Director


AmeriCorps Vista