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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.

Newsletter Archives

Nutrition First is hiring! November newsletter

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October Newsletter

Advocacy opportunities & Foundations Training is Live!

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Trainings, Advocacy, and More!

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

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Upcoming Events

Foundations in Lactation Support – available now!

09/10/2021 – 12/21/2021 @ All Day – Foundations in Lactation 2021   Updated for 2021 to be more inclusive of the diverse population WIC serves! Registration is now open for Foundations in Lactation!  This training is perfect for those new to providing breastfeeding support as well as those who want a refresher on how to support breastfeeding families. This training covers staff […]

Recent Job Postings

Executive Director, Nutrition First (WA)

Position Opening: Nutrition First Executive Director Nutrition First is the WIC Association of Washington State and a non-profit organization.  Our Mission is to support and promote good nutrition, breastfeeding and equitable access to healthy foods through education and advocacy. We are seeking a dynamic individual to fill the position of Executive Director. Job Summary:  Under […]

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Nutrition Assistant Certifier – Sea Mar Community Health Centers (Vancouver, WA)

Sea Mar Community Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) founded in 1978, is a community-based organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health, human, housing, educational and cultural services to diverse communities, specializing in service to Latinos in Washington State. Sea Mar proudly serves all persons without regard to race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, […]

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WIC Certifier (Sedro Woolley, WA)

United General District 304 has two positions currently open for their WIC department.  See links for more details: WIC Certifier WIC Certifier/Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

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2021 Board of Directors

Delores Baccus
Delores Baccus

Board President

WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program Manager

Public Health Seattle and King County

Seattle WA

Cindy Gamble
Cindy Gamble

Board Past-President

Tribal Public Health Consultant

American Indian Health Commission for Washington State

Olympia, 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

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

Ana Ortega
Ana Ortega

WIC Certifier/Breastfeeding Educator

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic

Walla Walla WA

Jose Romo Ramirez
Jose Romo Ramirez

WIC Nutrition Assistant/Certifier

Public Health Seattle and King County

Auburn WA

Staff

Executive Director

Emily Mann
Emily Mann

AmeriCorps Vista