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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.

Mission

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

Vision

Well-nourished communities thriving in Washington State.

Membership

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

 

History

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.

 

2021 Board of Directors

President – Delores Baccus

President-elect  – Vacant

Treasurer – Stacey Busey

Secretary – Cindy Johnson

Past President – Cindy Gamble

Mara Andrus, Ana Ortega, Lisa Williams Fuchs, Jose Romo Ramirez, Gaelan Ritter, Larisa Harvey, Jennifer Dickison, Milo Nicholas.

 

Staff

Carolyn Conner, Executive Director

(Contact: info@nutritionfirstwa.org    206-450-6139)

Upcoming Events

2021 Remote Service Trainings with Jane Heinig for Washington WIC Employees

01/17/2021 – 03/17/2021 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Recorded Video: The Basics – Using Video Technology for Remote WIC Services No registration required. This 15-minute recorded video is available in The Learning Center (Department of Health). (Please note, this video is being used with permission from the California WIC Program.) Intended Outcome: Staff gain the skills and confidence needed to make the shift […]

Foundations in Lactation Support and Building on Foundations in Lactation Support – on demand Webinars available April 2021

04/01/2021 – 12/31/2021 @ All Day – Foundations in Lactation Support   Updated for 2021 to be more inclusive of the diverse population WIC serves! Michele Crockett, IBCLC, PCPA, LLLL,  provides this great training that is perfect for those new to providing breastfeeding support. It’s also good for those who want a refresher on how to support breastfeeding families. This training covers […]

Washington WIC Virtual Conference – May 11-14, 2021

05/11/2021 – 05/14/2021 @ 7:30 am – 12:30 pm –

Recent Job Postings

Kitsap Community Resources, Part-Time Registered Dietitian

This position performs nutritional evaluation, charting, and counseling for high risk women, infants and children in a community health setting. Must be able to communicate with a diverse population, be patient and creative in finding nutritional solutions to nutrition and health challenges. Responsible for in-depth nutrition and assessment counseling of WIC participants at four KCR […]

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