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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

Advocacy Time! January 2023


Nutrition First is hiring! November newsletter


October Newsletter

Advocacy opportunities & Foundations Training is Live!


Upcoming Events

Nutrition First’s 2023 Annual Training: Creating Healthy Relationships with Food

10/25/2023 – 10/27/2023 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm – VIRTUAL We are excited to present a fresh, global approach to nutrition that attendees will walk away feeling ready to provide culturally relevant, approachable, and evidence-based nutrition services.  This training is appropriate for all levels, from paraprofessional to Master’s level dietitian.   Continuing education credits will be provided. The first two days of the workshop will […]

Foundations in Lactation Support – available now!

01/01/2023 – 12/31/2023 @ All Day –

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

Recent Job Postings

WIC RD at Swedish First Hill, 0.6 FTE

Full description and apply here:




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

Triniti Gorbunova MA, CLC (she/her)
Triniti Gorbunova MA, CLC (she/her)

Director of NOURISH

Rainier Valley Birth & Health Center

Ana Ortega
Ana Ortega

WIC Certifier/Breastfeeding Educator

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic

Walla Walla WA

Marah Zinnen, RDN
Marah Zinnen, RDN

Former WIC RD

MPH candidate, University of Washington 


Emma Rangel
Emma Rangel

WIC Certifier

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic


Nicole Flateboe MPH, RDN
Nicole Flateboe MPH, RDN

Executive Director