Food and Water Action found me through a petition in the summer of 2020. Since then I've participated in lobby meetings, legislative briefings, call-in days, strategic organizing training, and so much more. Through this organization, I've developed personally and professionally and I couldn't be more thankful. Their events are exquisitely executed, inclusive, and informative. I am proud to call myself a volunteer and be able to fight for our planet with a group of like-minded individuals.
My RAVE for Food & Water Action
I'm proud to be associated with this great organization which is working effectively for the well-being of NY communities and our shared global biosphere.
Food & Water Action has been at the forefront of such crucial environmental campaigns as stopping the import of toxic Tar Sands oil; saving the EPA; and preventing numerous fracking, gas transport and pipelining operations from getting under way in NY.
Food & Water Action also stands strong for environmental justice and human rights. Time and again we’ve rallied, lobbied and petitioned Albany for environmental protection and justice for frontline communities threatened by extraction operations, prospective new fracked gas power plants, pipeline construction, and LNG transport projects. We’ve agitated and we continue to agitate for a fair tax increase on NY’s wealthiest to help finance a crucial Green New Deal.
And when the deadly Covid-19 pandemic erupted in America, we prevailed against the callous fecklessness of the Trump administration, pressing state governments to enact moratoria on residential water and electricity shutoffs.
I believe I most value working with Food & Water Action for its commitment to securing an environmentally sustainable future for ALL of our kids, including my son Ben and his generation.
New York, NY 10027
[Warning to Reader: Long-winded RAVE] I've had the privilege of volunteering for over 7 years now with Food & Water Action, which has been at the forefront of numerous good campaigns including those in opposition to: the TPP, an awful international trade deal; the import of toxic Tar Sands oil; Trump's efforts to abolish the EPA; and the proliferation of fracking operations in NY.
We F&WA activists have bused to and assembled in Albany and gathered time and again at NYC office of Andrew Cuomo to demand--respectfully and loudly--a just tax increase on the rich to fund a GND, cessation of all new fossil fuel projects, and 100% renewable energy for New York.
Additionally, often with short notice for us eager volunteers, we've rallied at Cuomo's furtive mega-donor fundraising events calling on the Guv to live up to his self-appellation as NY's "environmental champ." these have always been enjoyable gatherings to me, and I don't know of any other organizations that have been able to pull off such blitzkrieg rallies to the surprise and dismay of the targeted official.
The long-awaited bans on a second Williams fracked gas pipeline and subsequently on fracking waste from PA were especially satisfying wins. It took persistent and determined campaigning by all of us working with F&WA to prevail in these protracted 'fracking wars.'
F&WA over the years has also effectively allied itself with environmental coalition partners like 350NY, Climate Mondays, NY Communities for Change and NY Renews to push for a strong Green New Deal, crucially including well-paying green jobs as well as enactment of the Sanders/Ocasio Cortez-sponsored Fracking Ban Act.
Food & Water Action is also defending human rights and protecting community health by pressing State governments to enact moratoria on residential water and electricity shutoffs for residents unable to pay their utility bills consequent to loss of employment in our ongoing pandemic.
I greatly value having the chance to volunteer with Food & water Action in working to secure an environmentally sustainable future for our kids and generations to come; in these times, more than ever, my son Ben's future well-being is foremost on my mind. I also value greatly F&WA's ongoing commitment to environmental justice for frontline communities harmfully exposed to nearby fossil fuel operations, as well as justice for the many who are disenfranchised by a savagely unfair economic system heavily favoring the very wealthiest in our society at the expense of the 99%.
I'm proud to be associated with this highly effective organization which is working for the greater good of the human community and our common global biosphere. (I'd gladly award Food & Water Action a SIXTH star if I had that choice.)
I had an amazing time interning at Food & Water Action in New York this winter. NYC staff I worked with are dedicated, experienced organizers who work tirelessly to stop polluting fracked gas projects, ban utility shut-offs, and challenge corporate control of our food and water systems. I had a chance to witness how Food & Water Action effectively mobilizes local communities to stand up against the fossil fuel industry. With a science-based approach at its core, this organization does important work to protect our planet. I’m very grateful to Food & Water Action staff for encouraging me to learn about environmental issues and become a climate activist.
In New York, Food & Water Action is the most effective anti-pollution group in the state. They organize people to fight against air and water pollution, and they are highly effective at it. Most typical national groups limit themselves to lobbying and policy advice. Food & Water Action goes much further, making it far more effective: they organize large numbers of New Yorkers to stand up for themselves by pushing their elected officials. They get results: Food & Water Action was the critical force behind winning an historic ban on fracking in New York and stopping the Williams NESE fracked gas pipeline. They're constantly pushing smart, strategic efforts that involve real New Yorkers. They truly live up to their name: action. I am a sustaining donor (monthly by credit card). They're the best in New York!
Hi my name is Margaret. I first learned about Food and Water Action a few years ago. Was concerned about GMO’s in our food. Due to a cancer background I was extremely interested. I joined as a volunteer, went to Albany for the cause helped get petitions signed and was hooked. From there I was involved with the stop Fracking movement and other important issues. . This non profit group does so much to help the environment, people’s rights and am proud to be involved with them.
Met a group of activists that I call my friends today. Eric Weltman Senior Organizer, Joe Veron volunteer activist just to name a couple.
So many good people fighting the fight for good.
I have been working with Food & Water Action for over 3 years now. There are many organizations working on environmental conservation these days. And they are are all good at what they do. So it is just a matter of finding the people with whom you wish to work. I love those at the NYC office as family.
F & W A works with all of the activists in the climate justice movement. Sometimes as lead, sometimes as support, but always as fellow travelers. My favorite was risking arrest at the NY State Capitol. It was important to me to know that the organizers had my back- with proper NVDA training and lawyers standing by. Many groups were involved in the organizing, training and action. All of my needs for safety were checked off. I was able to trust my fellow travelers on the journey and fight for environmental justice.
I am both a monthly donor and volunteer with Food and Water Action. They are the best. They are give me to the tools and training to fight climate busting bureaucracies, institutions and policies on the local, state and national level. I easily plug into ongoing campaigns. We also work with other like minded organizations to fight for environmental justice and a clean energy future forming deep coalition partners. They are inclusive, supportive and practical, developing effective strategies and campaigns to move us on a path to cleaner air, food and water, and moving us to 100% renewables. Here are a few photos from an ongoing campaign to stop a fracked gas peaker plant in an environmentally sensitive frontline community in Brooklyn, NY.
As a officer and activist of the South Shore Audubon Society (LI) and the Green Party of Nassau County (LI), I've worked with Food and Water Watch/Action as a strong ally on many issues over the years. Among the most important have been achieving a ban on hydrofracking in New York State, fighting fossil fuel infrastructure projects and supporting efforts related to clean water. Food and Water Action is a leader in fighting climate change, perhaps the existential issue of our times. Food and Water Action's exemplary research into environmental and social issues has been key to my own activism, as has been the organization's solid approach to progressive lobbying and protest.
I have been involved in progressive politics for well over 50 years and find it incredibly heartening to know that Food and Water Watch is there to carry on the fight. I have been volunteering with them on Long Island because they are activists on the front lines of the fight for a profit free and carbon free energy future. In New York, their support of public power and public water has been unwavering. They do superb educational work and have very talented organizers that focus on outreach and action. They are doing great work.
Volunteering with Food and Water Action is a joy. The staff, volunteers, and everyone involved are dedicated, passionate advocates for access to clean, consistent and equitable food and water for all. Zhenya is a welcoming lead for any who would like to get involved, and there are many ways to plug into the various campaigns that F&WA are working on at any particular time. Highest recommendations for anyone looking to make a difference in your local community.
I have been working with these folks from a sympathetic organization and they're clearly dedicated and doing great work advancing us towards greater justice, especially around ensuring that we all have access to the resources we need to do little things like being alive and not suffering immeasurably. You should definitely figure out a way to plug in!
I first learned about Food and Water Action when they were working vigorously to stop a fracked gas power plant from being built in a New Jersey wetland. I saw how their organizers worked day and night to protect the environment and stand side by side with the communities who would be most affected by the pollution the power plant would emit. After months of action, they won. New Jersey, New York, and the world were better off because of their advocacy. Donating monthly to Food and Water Action was a no-brainer. I know the money I give as a grassroots donor will have a life and planet saving impact.
Food and Water Action endorsements for food, water and climate champions are top notch. They pick candidates who fight for the issues I care about. They are uncompromising in their values. I donate to FWA because they are working on the food, water and climate issues of our lifetime.
I was plugged into Food & Water Action after working with Food & Water Watch. I've never done much political work, but now I'm writing letters to voters in Iowa and looking forward to phonebanking with the team. Food & Water is always great fun to work with and quick to answer any questions.
Food & Water Action is laser-focused on dismantling and defeating all plans for fracking infrastructure in NYS. As they did in NYS five years ago, FWA is now focusing attention on a national fracking ban.
FWA is all about grassroots activism. They're masters at organizing and collaborating with like-minded organizations. As Conservation Co-chair of South Shore Audubon Society and as Conservation Chair of Nassau Hiking & Outdoor Club, my organizations and I have benefited from their expertise and support. We're fortunate to be able to work with a national organization that values local, grassroots volunteers and activists.
I have long supported causes which I believe serve the public good, however some of the groups i joined seemed more interested in talking about change rather than working to accomplish it. Several years ago, as I was leaving a meeting in Manhasset NY, curiosity took me to another meeting taking place in an adjacent room. That is how I discovered Food and Water Action (FWA), formerly Food and Water Watch, an organization dedicated to ensuring that people's right to a clean and healthy environment supercedes corporate profit, and to holding government officials responsible for effectuating these outcomes. Upon joining this group of dedicated and hardworking members I took part in contacting and visiting legislators, attending rallies and press conferences, and writing letters to editors.
Among the issues in which I became involved, none were more urgent than banning fracking, a method by which underground oil and gas are forced to the surface by pumping huge quantities of poisonous chemically laden water deep into the earth. This water, containing toxins which are designated as hazardous waste and are known to cause environmental destruction, illness and death, is then pumped to the surface for supposedly safe disposal. Confoundingly, until recently, NY State law exempted fracking waste from its correct hazardous waste designation, thereby permitting Pennsylvania to ship toxic waste water to NY State, for uses such as de-icing roadways.
In 2015, following a moratorium, Governor Cuomo finally signed a bill banning fracking in NY State, but the fracking waste loophole remained on the books. After ten years of untiring work by various NY State representatives and organizations such as FWA, NY Governor Cuomo recently signed a law overturning the fracking waste loophole.
It is this type of dedication that FWA brings to its mission of protecting the environment for the benefit of all. I am proud to be allied with people who worked tirelessly for this remarkable achievement, and look forward to many more such endeavors. The photo shows volunteer extraordinaire Joe Varon and myself, Ruth Cohen, preparing for a meeting with Steve Englebright, NY State Assembly member and sponsor of the bill that closed the fracking waste loophole.
Great mission and quality work. They're doing a fantastic job helping to clean up and protect my state.
Food and Water Action does amazing work to educate, engage, and mobilize community members along with community leaders/elected officials to make ethical decisions and policies that lead to equitable outcomes. For example, in the Midwest Region in IL, Food and Water Action is working to contact elected officials about the harms of privatizing water utilities and keeping water public.
Food & Water Action is incredible. Their organizers are absolutely brilliant and dedicated. They helped be plan direct action--supply outreach support, CD training, and overall guidance. The climate justice is making progress because of organizations like Food&Water Action.
I do a lot of texting and some letter writing with Food and Water Action. It's a great group to volunteer with if you care about the environment--climate change, food, air, water, human health. A few examples--I've texted about federal bills to ban fracking, specific actions around the country against fossil fuel infrastructure, family farms, and so many super important causes, as well as writing letters to help elect amazing progressive candidates. I came to FWA through participating in local meetings and rallies for Food and Water Watch, but with FWA I get to reach out to people all over the country. The FW people are amazing--so friendly and responsive. They make you feel like an important part of the team. Highly recommended group to volunteer with!
Rural, Mountain Marylanders worked with FWA to help secure the first legislative fracking ban in a state with proven shale gas reserves. FWA is one of the very few environmental organizations which firmly anchors public policy in science. Our six years of working on campaigns together built important working relationships among public health professionals and community health activists, particularly those whose voices are often under appreciated. Annie Bristow, Frack-Free Frostburg.
Staff of Food & Water Action are extremely effective in devising comprehensive, well-coordinated campaigns to hold elected officials accountable and ensure that they focus on the policies needed to ensure universal access to safe food, clean water, and a livable climate.
My volunteer experience with the organization has been in a recent - successful - campaign to stop the permits that would have resulted in a new fracked-gas power plant in the North Bergen, NJ section of the Meadowlands. The Don't Gas the Meadowlands effort was extremely well-organized. It included a comprehensive, coordinated set of actions at the state, county, and local levels. Targeted communications and actions with elected officials were central to this effective campaign to prevent the construction of a fracked-gas plant. Food & Water Action's work continues, however, as a leader in a major statewide coalition working to get Gov. Murphy to enact a moratorium on all new fossil fuel projects in New Jersey until there are rules in place to achieve the Governor's own stated 100% clean energy goals.
New Jersey staff of Food & Water Action are the most skillful and savvy community organizers and strategists that I've seen in a long time. Their work in New Jersey couldn't be more important. The organization's aggressive and effective advocacy gives Jersey residents hope that we can get elected officials to do everything necessary to reduce greenhouse gases, a main contributor to climate change.
Food and Water Watch is the first local grass roots environmental organization that I have had the pleasure to volunteer with. The organizers are well informed about the issues, provide reliable resources and data to support our claims and are extremely welcoming to new members. They are dedicated to banning fossil fuels, ensuring clean water for local communities and fighting against racial injustices caused by climate change and corporate greed.
I am not sure exactly when I found Food and Water Watch. I feel like they have been a part of my life forever. I am very concerned about Climate Change and I have actively participated in most of the events that F&WW plan. Locally, Eric Weltman, Alex Beauchamp and Laura Shindell are my contacts. They started "Call Cuomo Mondays", which has been very successful. We have kept the pressure on the governor by showing up at events that he is attending. He called us "fracktivists" in a state of the state speech. I don't think the fracking ban would have happened without F&WW. I am a volunteer and a monthly donor. One of the first events I attended was a trip to Dimock, PA. It was an eye opening look into the horrible results of fracking. Looking forward to marching with Food and Water Watch at the Climate Strike on Friday.
When I wanted to get out in my community to inform, listen, & connect about the issues that affect us all, FWA trained me, taught me & empowered me to train others, & gave me the opportunity I needed to channel my energy into impactful actions. They made an organizer out of me.
Food and Water Action in Los Angeles has been doing some amazing, empowering organizing work in my community! Through the smog, urban oil drilling, and methane, FWA gives me hope and a toolbox of organizing strategies so that my voice is heard.
There are so many incredible projects that they are working on, but it's hard to not celebrate today's victory at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Over 40 members of the community went to the LADWP Board of Commissioners meeting at 9am this morning to give public comment in support of the Eland Solar Project, the largest and cheapest solar project in the history of the country. LADWP approved the project unanimously--in a victory that will be a roadmap for the rest of the country, showing that we can transition off of dirty fossil fuels and create great, unionized jobs in the process. Thank you for everything you do!
I had a wonderful experience working with Food & Water Action in Los Angles for four months this year. The organization does crucial, incredible work to combat the fossil fuel industry, which has poisoned communities in the area for decades. The work always focuses on building relationships and engaging with community members, while building political pressure to make real change. I am proud to continue to work with so many dedicated people fighting to defend communities and build the grassroots.
I have been working with Food and Water Watch since 2011 since their Los Angeles organizers educated me on the fact that there was dangerous petroleum infrastructure polluting my community. Since then we have worked hand in hand with an inclusive and strategic approach on a range of environmental and political issues impacting the future of Los Angeles and the planet.
Food and Water Action is an amazing organization. They are on the ground taking on large fossil fuel interests and mobilizing communities to solve the climate crisis. I worked for them as a canvasser for Loraine Lundquist's campaign up in the northwestern corner of LA and was absolutely impressed by the efficiency of the organizing and the amount of people that we were able to turn out. Very proud to have been a part of that team!
I believe that local community organizing is one of the most effective ways to create change. Food and Water Action has the skills & expertise, as well as the technical know how to work at the local level to build power by training, involving and supporting a network of volunteers. I always feel like I’ve made a contribution after I’ve volunteered!
Jenya Polozova and her team made a great presentation to our Homer Glen, Illinois, Environment Committee about privatized water systems. The data was professionally created and presented.
As a person who volunteers, I joined Food & Water Watch when they went down to Peoria, Illinois, to help residents in that city try to buy back their water system from IAW. It was a very rewarding experience.
Having attended a number of events at the Food & Water Watch office in Chicago, I can say that they offer great experiences to environmentally responsible people.
Food and Water Action Fund has done a great job of getting the word out about the dangers of fracking and other fossil-fuel based approaches to energy. They have run a great campaign, harnessing voter power to vote against fracking across the country, and to ask governors and other leaders to come out against fracking. Additionally, they are using Internet texting platforms to vote in candidates who believe in climate change and will work to make a difference. Their campaigns are very well organized and I have loved working for them.
i have been following food and water watch for several years now, and recently started volunteering at their chicago office during their phone banks!
all their employees are extremely knowledgeable, passionate, and inspiring leaders. it's a phenomenal volunteering experience because not only are you learning how to engage constituents on important environmental issues, but with those newfound skills you'll be able to continue to serve your community.
I love the Food & Water Action Fund. What I like most is the ability to get involved with issues that are important to where I live, as well as, issues around the nation. The Food & Water Action keeps me informed with text messages and emails. I had no idea what was going on in my our community until I joined the group. For example we have a Nuclear Power plant (Indian Point) with a 42" pressure gas line running through the site. (In AZ a gas pipeline must be over a mile away from a Nuclear Power Plant. ) Not only do you learn about these issues but Food & Water Action provide easy methods to take action on issues that are important to you.
This chapter of Food and Water Watch has gone beyond expectations in New Mexico. Eleanor Bravo has championed our local effort to save our aquifer from inappropriate water mining, a project that could, if approved, destroy our community. Under her leadership, projects across the state have been monitored and communities supported where needed. I have so much appreciated her support and her good work here and know that New Mexico is better off because of Food and Water Watch. I look forward to a continuing relationship with the organization.
FWA worked hard in our community to help get good candidates on the ballot and to make the community aware of issues close to home. Especially the potential fracking exposure in Sandoval County.
FWA has worked hard in the community to get good, environmentally sensible candidates on the ballot. The work that FWA continues to do in the community is crucial, especially in this current administration. Thank you FWA for working hard to make sure we preserve the future for generations to come.
It's wonderful to have such a dedicated organization working for the community to ensure preservation of environmental protections. Kudos to everyone involved!
Food and Water Action Fund has been instrumental in supporting environmental champions in New Mexico and the US. It endorsed Debra Haaland, candidate for NM Congressional District 1 who, if elected, will become the first Native American woman in the US House of Representatives. It also sponsored an enormously successful fundraiser for Ms. Haaland. The FWAF is playing a critical role in ensuring that we have leaders who will protect our resources and environment.
TOGETHER, Republicans and Democrats need to form bi-partisan alliances to S.ave O.ur S.unshine S.tate from the ravages of toxic land, water, and air pollution in our beautiful home, Florida. Food & Water Action is an integral part of that process, and our mission continues.
Mrs. Ginger Goepper, M.A.
1000 Friends of Florida Anniversary Club member, Florida Conservation Coalition Team member
Food & Water Action-Fl.volunteer, Nat'l.,Fl.,and St. Pete Audubon member,steward volunteer
Tampa Bay Watch member, volunteer, Imagine Our Florida, Inc. Wildlife Passages Co-Chair
Florida Humanities Council member, supporter
Treasure Islettes Women’s Civic Assoc.- Donations Team Leader/ Program Coordinator
Treasure Island Historical Society Board member - THIS Facebook page manager
Last March, my despair over the climate situation led me to take the Al Gore Climate Reality training, where I learned a great deal and also got a big dose of inspiration about the positive possibilities for solving the climate crisis. But it has been volunteering with Maryland Food and Water Watch that has taught me how to turn that inspiration into real political action. They have the materials, the tools, and the political connections to get results. They were major players in getting Maryland to ban fracking last spring and are now spearheading the OFF FOSSIL FUELS CAMPAIGN, to get Maryland to 100% renewable energy by 2035. Very bold, very exciting and also the only realistic way to combat climate disaster. The Food & Water organizers and volunteers are also fun to work with –an added bonus. It’s inspiring to work beside such energetic, skillful, and committed people.
Love this organization! My experience volunteering with F&WW was so positive. I am now living in an area where there is not a regional office nearby, but STILL continue to get the same encouraging & and ongoing support to help make a difference in my community!
I have donated to and volunteered with the Food and Water Action Fund. This is an excellent organization. As a retiree, I have worked non-stop for this nonprofit, and while there are many, many things to be frightened about in our country, this organization gives me great hope and a great toolbox to accomplish the goals. This year we worked on a state bill to ban fracking and won in Maryland. Maryland is not the only state in which there are chapters and activities. It's been a powerful organization that produces excellent research, bold goals, and strategies that move through legislative channels like an ice breaker! I am proud to volunteer with this organization and hope that everyone who worries about what is in their water and food will work with them, too. Pollution of water and air which is exacerbating climate change will either be an end to us all, or we will have people of the United States and around the world adapting and developing sustainable ways of working together. Furthermore, Food and Water Action Fund has started an OFF campaign, which if passed, will have the U.S. government and Maryland ending the use of fossil fuels by 2035. Thanks to the bold and strong Food and Water Action Fund, I feel I have made a difference in the world.
Now - more than - ever we need strategic action to help us protect our commons - food and water. The Food and Water Action Fund is imperative as we move towards policies that serve people rather than corporations.
Food and Water Action fund has helped people in my community to attend great conferences and workshops to learn critical information about systematic issues affecting our community amd beyond.
Through working in solidarity with different organizations and valuing grassroots organizing, Food and Water Action Fund empowers people to connect the dots and organize for change.
Food and Water Action Fund are really the ideal non-profit for people who want to get engaged with organizing for a clean energy future but are not sure how. The ability to put grassroots run and organized events on their OFF fossil fuels map, and then have assistance reaching out to attendees through phonebanking, text campaigns, and follow-up emails is amazing. This is the method of organizing that we need to be developing. We can't always have professional organizers on the ground in time so the use of a distributed model is an absolute must for successful campaigns.
I have been part of Food and Water Watch through their launch of the sister Action Fund. And I have to say that their impact is remarkable, to my mind. A lot of other little groups locally flail around and while they do good work, they could be doing so much more. Food & Water Action Fund is one of those rare and spectacular exceptions, where I find it hard to believe how much they manage with so little. They are good at coordinating their volunteers. They happily take feedback to improve. They offer excellent training and then utilize their volunteers for maximum impact.
And personally, I don't have time to research every single candidate for every office, sometimes, so it really helps me to know when they've endorsed a candidate, that candidate is trying to make the world a safer place for people like me, and my step sons, all of whom struggle with autoimmune diseases.
Their kindness is endless, their positive attitude is infectious, and they inspire me to what is really possible through organizing. I am a proponent of permaculture ideas of care for planet and people as one unified cause, and these people are living that. They are amazingly good to their small staff, and their volunteers. They support each other's lives and needs personally, while they fight for these important causes as a movement. They really understand that healing for our planet cannot come without emotional care for each other. They are well worth your donations, and doing an amazing amount with every dollar you can give. I have found no better coordinated volunteer effort in all my exposure to non-profits.