Impact | WithinReach WA


Healthy families and communities throughout Washington state.


WithinReach is filled with big-hearted people. Those people also love data. It’s not good enough to simply think we’ve helped someone—we need to know.

However, data needs context to tell a story. Our context comes from our Theory of Change, a model for how we approach our work that keeps us focused on opportunities where we can use our core strengths to maximize our impact.

We’ve taken a look back at the impact we’ve had over time. Here are some pieces of data that make us proud:

  • In 2014, we helped increase Summer Meals participation by 14%–more than almost any other state! Thanks to this effort, hungry kids ate 1.9 million meals during the summer.
  • In 2009, the Breastfeeding Coalition of WA, a program of WithinReach, was instrumental in passing laws that protect a mother’s right to breastfeed her baby.
  • WithinReach helped 40% of all people who enroll for the Basic Food program—more than any other DSHS community-based partner.
  • Communities are healthier and better protected from illness when more children are immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases. We successfully advocated for a change in the immunization exemption law for school and childcare entry. Under the new law, parents must talk to a medical provider before they can receive an immunization exemption for their child.
  • The pages of are packed with information for families. In the past 10 years, 586,177 visitors have viewed 1.24 Million pages on this one-of-a-kind website. That’s a lot of connections!

To see more: 2015 Annual Report to the Community and 2012-2013 IRS 990.

If you want to support an organization that can show it’s making a big impact for Washington families, learn about all the ways you can get involved!


  • Washington Coalition on Medicaid Outreach Spokane
    • WCOMO Spokane
      September 29, 2017
      9:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Description: The Washington Coalition on Medicaid Outreach (WCOMO) provides essential information on innovative outreach strategies, health care reform and Medicaid policies. This longstanding coalition works…

  • 2017 Statewide WIC Conference
    • October 24, 2017 - October 25, 2017
      8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    SAVE THE DATE Nutrition First is hosting this year's statewide WIC Conference! WIC colleagues from around the state will participate in an energizing and educational conference…

  • The Lactation Journal Club
    • November 15, 2017
      7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    During these meetings we review and discuss current research and literature related to breastfeeding. Two IBLCE CERPs provided for a small fee ($5). The Lactation…