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Food & Water Watch

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Food

Mission: Our food, water and climate are under constant assault by corporations who put profit over the survival of humanity. They have seized control of the very institutions that were built to protect us. We mobilize people to reclaim their political power, hold our elected officials accountable, and resist corporate control—ensuring we all have the essential resources we need to thrive. This is a fight we must win, because this planet is the only one we get

Geographic areas served: across the United States

Programs: Through a three-pronged approach of regional organizing, expert research and legislative action, Food & Water Watch works to promote practices and policies that will ensure healthy futures for communities across the globe.

Community Stories

114 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Food & Water Watch for the last 5 or 6 years, but certainly more during the last year or two. I have been very impressed with the level of professionalism exhibited by this organization and it's leaders. I'm proud to have joined them as a co-sponsor of Empower New Jersey (People for Progress, Bus for Progress and Sunrise Jersey Shore). Empower New Jersey is a coalition of 80+ environmental/activist organizations who have come together to fight against fossil fuel projects. Food & Water Watch is one of the strong leaders of this coalition and the reason it continues to flourish.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Among other efforts, Food & Water Watch was a leader in the hard-fought effort 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 - protest marches (March for Our Lungs), mobilization of school children, garnering support of state legislators, town leaders (particularly in Bergen County), petitions, and call-ins. Food & Water Watch was - and remains - a key actor in the state-wide coalition of nonprofit groups called Empower New Jersey, a campaign (still underway in Oct. 2019) to persuade 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.

The work of Food & Water Watch in New Jersey couldn't be more important. Its 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.

Lauren M.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are doing great work on the ground, partner with communities, and follow through on their commitments.

Lois K.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first discovered Food and Water Watch in 2011 when the fracking fight started in Illinois. In 2012 I delivered petitions to Walmart asking them to not sell Monsanto's GE sweet corn. Over these past years I've learned so much from the research that FWW makes available on the website and been encouraged to leave my comfort zone in many ways. I've signed petitions, written letters, made phone calls, learned to lobby and spoken with legislators, and spoken out about GMOs and fracking in public. I’ve collected petition signatures to label GMOs in Illinois, to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, and now to ban fracking in Illinois. Food and Water Watch doesn’t shrink from tough fights and stays true to its mission. I feel very good about being a member of FWW!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

5 years ago I started to look for an organization working for social justice I could be a part of as an activist. I wanted a community of caring people with a high level of professionalism. I wanted an organization where I could participate in NVDA with sufficient resources to get the best lawyers when arrested!

In the last few years the effectiveness of F & WW actions has been profound. From the Monday calls to Governor Cuomo to pickets in front of wherever we find him in and around the city. And then standing firmly behind the leadership when one of them confronts Cuomo face to face. F & WW helped get fracking banned in NY State!

The NYC chapter of F & WW is a diverse group that reflects the city itself. It is a welcoming place. There is no clique culture. I like the monthly meetings and occasional party.

Most of the environmental groups work together on the issues of environmental justice , so I miss very little with my focus here.

I can be as active as I want. I can stay away and then come back and be just as welcomed. Not being a creature of habit, this works well for me. Sometimes I wish there were more civil disobedience actions, but that is mostly my own impatience with the state of denial of our governmental leaders. (I'm a Baby Boomer who demonstrated against the Viet Nam war, nuclear power plants, Secretary Califano, et al. Deja vu all over again?)

Vincent B.2

Donor

Rating: 5

As a long time environmental activist I found the support and vision and leadership provided by FWW as an important and often critical component in achieving environmental and food & water protection goals (I.e. banning fracking in NY State).
And I am active with other organizations, an Al Gore trained Climate Reality Leader, NYSEC Environmental Stewardship Committee. ++
FWW is a critical and unique asset for us all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I very much believe in the mission and the techniques of F& WW! They educate the public about dangers to the environment, and they smartly target the politicians who decide the legislation that will protect our food and water supply.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interned with this organization my last semester of college and was one of the best experiences of my life. I still volunteer and go to events from time to time. It really strengthened my career path and helped me get a job in the community organizing field. I learned so much about local politics and is a great place to direct people who want to help in action against climate change in a more tangible way.

sweltwoman

Donor

Rating: 5

Food and Water Watch is doing very important work, raising awareness of climate change and actions needed to save our communities. They have a fabulous staff, lots of energy, and really know how to connect to the community. The work they are doing is URGENTLY needed!

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Donor

Rating: 4

My husband and I have contributed to Food and Water Watch for several years because they do such wonderful work on such an urgent issue. We are impressed by there work against fracking and pipelines in NY State, where we live. We have also attended rallies that they’ve organized and are impressed by their energy and organization!

Joseph Michael V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with this wonderful nonprofit organization. Food & Water Watch is on the front line fighting to protect our citizens buy preserving America’s clean water and earth and fighting to repair the man’s made disasters to our environment such as Hydrofracking and gas and oil pipeline s . I have become a very active volunteer for this terrific organization

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food & Water Watch is a great organization which is a n advocate for protecting our nations food and water supply. Although a national organization , the have chapters in many cities and regions. Local activities of which I am proud to have partaken in many, include constant phone calls to politicians to support various bills and ban fracking, fighting privatization of municipal water supplies, fighting proposed new gas and oil infrastructure, stopping oil bomb trains and oil laden barges from docking in our beautiful Hudson River, picketing politicians fund raisers and speaking engagements to call attention to theses and other vital issues. Food and Water Watch has met with much success ion thesis issues. Proud to be a Long Island Chapter volunteer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food and Water Watch in Los Angeles has been doing some amazing, empowering organizing work in my community! Through the smog, urban oil drilling, and methane, FWW 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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with Food and Water Watch (FWW) for over four years in Los Angeles. I continue to give my time to this organization because they are doing extremely important grassroots organizing work. My career as a volunteer with FWW began working on a food safety campaign, which brought together activists in the areas of labor, environment, and public health. I continued volunteering with FWW on other campaigns seeking to shut down dangerous infrastructure and expand renewable energy. Food and Water Watch practices a model of organizing that is extremely effective at educating and advocating for change while at the same time creating a community for people that is welcoming and safe. Whether its been making signs, speaking at a community meeting, or knocking on doors, I've always felt supported, welcomed, and empowered by this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food and Water Watch has honestly changed my life! I was intimidated by environmental activism, but knew in my heart that I wanted to participate and DO something. When I was introduced to the people at FWW, I became more at ease and comfortable with the idea of going out and talking to strangers about the climate issues happening in city. I learned how easy it is to get involved and how important it is to take action in your own city as those actions cause a ripple effect. The people that run FWW have a way of making volunteers feel comfortable and for me, I don't know everything there is to know about the little details of the political areas of environmentalism, but they've never once looked down on me for that; they educate others without demeaning them! I can freely ask questions without feeling dumb, and to me, that's SO important. FWW is like family now and I'm proud to stand beside them and fight to achieve environmental justice!

Austin T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The team at Food and Water Watch go out of their to make themselves accessible to the community and welcome new people. They are helpful and engaging in guiding you through the work they do at FWW.

Heather P.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My community is being directly impacted by Costco chicken factories. and Food and Water Watch is doing a great job of community organizing! Thanks Food and Water Watch!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Food and Water Watch does great work protecting New Mexico lands from fracking and other fossil fuel extraction. While it is a tough fight, I am glad to know FWW is there at every planning meeting, protest, and canvass event doing their best to halt the expansion of the extraction economy.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Food and Water Watch has been a strong ally to our work in New Mexico. Our constituency works to protect water, human health and the environment from the radioactive legacy due to past uranium mining. Food and Water Watch has joined in our efforts without hesitation demonstrating their commitment to environmental justice communities across New Mexico. Working with Food and Water Watch has been awesome!!

Holly B.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Food & Water Watch has provided important leadership for our work to regulate dairy factory farms in New Mexico. Eleanor Bravo, their director, is one of the most respected advocates in our state.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a retired teacher who has volunteered with Food & Water Watch since 2011. It is a well-run, effective organization filled with dedicated people who have made me feel very welcome. I wish I had worked there.

Thank you, Food % Water Watch, for all you do.

John M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This valuable organization works diligently to ensure access to clean water in the state of New Mexico. Thank you for all your efforts on behalf of our community!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Food and Water Watch is a wonderful advocacy group that helps to ensure clean drinking water and sustainable, healthy food sources for the community. I appreciate their efforts to to support legislation that is proactive in helping to preserve the environment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a regular volunteer with this organization for 5 years now. They do great work and get things accomplished.
Very valuable to have them fighting for us all in times like these!

Anne P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food & Water Watch is an amazing organization and they are indeed making our world a better place!

I've had the great pleasure of volunteering with FWW for several years to protect my drinking water supply from the ill-conceived Pilgrim Oil Pipelines project. It has been an experience unlike any other I’ve had with a non-profit, a true partnership. Matt Smith and his colleagues are professional, knowledgeable and excellent organizers. Working with FWW has empowered me to advocate for my community, to rally grass roots support, and to educate my elected officials about the complicated issues surrounding this pipeline project.

FWW knows the importance of working together. They joined forces to form the Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline with 80+ other environmental, civic and faith-based organizations, and have built broad, bi-partisan support for sound environmental policies that will protect us all. Together we helped facilitate the creation of an alliance of 15 municipalities that partnered to help legally protect their water, property values and residents’ health. That is unprecedented!

Through this process I have met wonderful people who will be friends for life and together we have helped to grow a movement that is sorely needed right now. I started as a volunteer. I am now a donor and will be for life. Join us! Your support will be well rewarded!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food & Water Watch came into my life when i started opposing a proposed oil pipeline in my neighborhood. They partnered with Sierra in supporting us and when the Sierra lead person left, Matt Smith of F&WW became our main source of support. Without Matt's experience and expertise and untiring efforts we could never have been successful in stopping this pipeline. He lead our meetings, gave us good advice, especially on organizing and NJ politics, helped us all learn new skills and made connections with many others around the area with whom we partnered successfully.
Now we are engaged in a similar fight to stop new gas-fired power plants and once again Matt is leading our efforts while making room for me to tackle issues and take initiatives.
F&WW remains focused on the key causes of climate change and water pollution and takes strong proactive action such as getting elected officials to oppose fossil fuel developments, while at the same time working hard to influence these same people to support renewable energy programs. They are one of the most effective organizations i have seen in terms of building grass roots support through door to door outreach.

Joegreen5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food & Water Watch made a MAJOR difference in my town and region, working extremely hard for three years to protect us from a big new threat to our safety, water supply, property values and peace of mind. In the end, at least for now, WE WON!

Out of the blue in 2014, we learned of plans to construct a massive, double-barreled oil pipeline directly through the middle of our residential neighborhoods and across our river and natural areas. No, no, no! Food & Water Watch in New Jersey had an immediate impact. They were a crucial, indispensable organizer of our community's efforts to oppose this big new threat. They helped tie-together the many active parts of our community, organized our weekly (and more) coordinating calls, worked extremely well with all partners and volunteers, constantly provided us with vital information, and much more -- too much to say in this short space.

FWW was a big part of many things we could not do alone. Maybe most importantly, they helped join-up the opposition by the other 50 towns along the proposed pipeline route. Strength in numbers, coordinated action! In addition, FWW staff helped the partners and volunteers follow-up on our commitments to act; they helped prevent crucial to-do's from falling through the cracks. At the heart of it, FWW was a moral compass, reinforcing our determination to stop the threat to our homes, our planet and our families.

The chief organizer at FWW during all this time in New Jersey was Matt Smith. I can not say enough how much I respect his professionalism, knowledge, determination and passion. We owe him and the whole FWW team a debt of gratitude for joining with our community, and winning.

The story does not stop there. FWW has new emerged as a major organizer against a new proposal for a huge gas-fired electricity plant about 10 miles from us, which would move our entire state backwards in the fight against smog, chemicals, polluted water, flood risk, and family health. Knowing that FWW is involved, gives me even more confidence to join the opposition to the new threat, because I know that with FWW, we've got more than a fighting chance -- we can really WIN!

Attached is a photo of our beautiful upper Passaic River at sunset on New Year's Eve, 2017. I took it with the peace of mind that we're protecting our Earth nearby our home. There is no new double oil pipeline running through it, churning it up, or leaking into it Thank you Food & Water Watch for your integral, powerful role in this.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They are one of the few national environmental groups that values and prioritizes organizing - and they win big victories. In New York, they played a huge role in winning the fracking ban and they continue to stop fossil fuel projects such as pipelines and other infrastructure that fuel the climate crisis. I'm a sustaining donor for their work and also work with them a lot. They rule!

EricandGinger G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What do I love about Food & Water Action/Watch-Fl.? Together Republicans and Democrats 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. Our precious Florida is in crisis from toxic pollution! Our mission continues!
Respectfully,
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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wholeheartedly support the work of Food and Water Watch. The core mission of this organization is to protect human health by advocating for clean water and safe food. I can personally attest to the fact that this organization is very effective in fulfilling its mission.
We are being bombarded with environmental hazards which threaten food, water and air. Our government is weakening or eliminating sensible regulations which were designed to protect the environment and our health. We can always count on Food and Water Watch to be on the front lines in protecting us.
Here in Florida, I have collaborated with Senior Florida Organizer, Michelle Allen to achieve a statewide ban on the dangerous practice fracking. Michelle is a dedicated professional who will stop at nothing to protect the environment and public health. She and her colleagues work tirelessly and enthusiastically to protect our environment and you. If you care about the future, I urge you to support Food and Water Watch either financially or through volunteer work with them.
Karen Hudon

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The folks at Food and Water Watch are first class. I can't say enough good things about them. They are professionals who work hard to secure a safe and healthy future for all of us. They're smart, focused and determined. If you want protect our environment, I recommend getting in touch with this organization. They will give you the tools you need to make a real difference.

Dixie T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have helped with office work, phone banking, public speaking, and recruiting volunteers. I am most interested and have been active in trying to prevent mining that leads to earth quakes. Oklahoma is a good example of this. I am also opposed to running pipelines across large parts of the country.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FWW is taking the stances no-one else is brave enough to take, and going about it in all the right ways! A great combination of grassroots and more establishment-aimed approaches.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Don't Frack Maryland campaign:
As a coalition partner (with health professionals), we worked with FWW on the first legislative ban in a state with frackable gas!!! Of the many coalition partners, FWW staff consistently maintained an uncompromising vision, based in the reality that there can be no compromise position on stopping fossils fuels. Period. And they serve it up straight. Thank you, FWW!

Thank you, also, to our neighbors, PA and WV, on whose backs much of the environmental health research was produced and which was critical in our successful campaign. FWW knew and respected this ever-growing body of documented harms to public health and the environment, and in this, they were exemplary.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. I am a video producer and have works with Eleanor Bravo many times on projects. New Mexico and with all it's treasures are under attack by greedy energy companies. They have no concern about the side effects of their work. Support this organization to give New Mexico a better future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent a summer working with Food & Water Watch to organize for protection of public and affordable water utilities, as well as supporting the national OFF Fossil Fuels campaign. This organization consistently focuses on the people and communities influenced by political decisions, an important aspect of policy-making that has gone out of focus of many other groups. Food & Water Watch exposed me to community organizing, petitioning, lobbying, and political power-mapping in just a few short months. Right away, I felt very connected to the local and national missions of the organization, and that I could make real impacts in our larger community. I was enthusiastic and optimistic about our efforts from start to finish!

I worked with a super-star team at their Chicago office. As Midwest Region Director, Jessica's expertise in community organizing is unmatched and her commitment to the causes in which she participates is contagious. Everyone who works there does so as a team, and performs at the level of an organization with twice the staff or resources. I genuinely enjoyed the opportunity to work with Food & Water Watch, and fully intend to work with their Chicago office in the future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned for Food & Water Watch in Denver and had an amazing experience. I learned so much about organizing work and the incredible ability it has to empower local communities and drive progress on really important issues. As a result, I felt more confident in my abilities to make an impact and contribute to causes I'm passionate about in a tangible and meaningful way. I'm very grateful to have an extensive understanding of grassroots work and to this day, believe organizers are some of the most inspiring people out there. Thank you, Food & Water Watch!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food & Water Watch does a great job focusing on the right issues, devising pertinent strategies, and persisting with sustained action and coalition building. They are data driven, bold, and politically astute. They sustain volunteers with excellent tools and work to continuously improve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was an amazing experience to volunteer with Food and Water Watch for the People's Climate March in Chicago this year. Being a part of the work for banners and signs and getting the message out was inspiring, and seeing the unity of the March with all the front line communities was an unforgettable experience. FWW has helped me understand why climate justice is important to me, and I'm very glad that I've had the opportunity to work and learn from incredibly kind and strong environmental activists.