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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Food

Mission: Food & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment.

Programs: Food - food and water watch provides public education about health and environmental issues in regards to food production that is sustainable, local, chemical-free, clearly labeled, family-farmed, and humanely raised.

common resources program - the common resources program largely focuses on pollution trading schemes, water market, public partnerships, catch shares and offshore aquaculture.

water - food and water watch educates and advocates about affordable, publicly, controlled drinking water, the health and environmental dangers of bottled water and encourages citizen participation in water management and investment in infrastructure.

Community Stories

85 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

John M.1

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 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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have struggled with a lifetime of health issues. And as I researched and understood those problems, I discovered how much food and climate were an ongoing part of why so many people are chronically sick. As I managed to improve my health, and begin looking for ways to get involved in the fight, I found Food and Water Watch. It was a natural fit. I slowly got more involved in the local chapter, and became a regular volunteer. I also participate in various other groups for political change, and I think that more than any other group, I see these amazing people represented at events all over town, fighting for a sane and healthy planet.

I love their distributed work to volunteers model. I end up suggesting their tools and methods to other groups all over town in fighting for change. I couldn't be more impressed with using a little money to do an incredible amount. And I don't think I have seen a group whose impact is greater around town.

And on top of all that, they're just the nicest people ever. When you do something amazing for them, they share ideas for how to use that talent in other aspects of life. For example, I did a painting for them, and they were impressed, so they just started sharing with me places they knew of around town that sometimes allow artists to show their work, in the hope that it would increase my happiness and success. Their kindness is amazing, and working with them gives me hope for those of us who have struggled with the illness that comes of our unhealthy world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Food and Water Watch has changed my life. Not only do they support great causes, but the organizers are fabulous leaders and awesome to work with!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first "met" Food&Water Watch when I attended a presentation on fracking waste at a local library. I knew a lot about fracking and gas pipelines, but I knew very little about fracking waste. I hoped I might find out more about the location of proposed pipelines. An hour later I'd forgotten all about the pipelines and was ready to sign up to get more involved in banning fracking waste from my town. I waited impatiently for the email telling me what the next step was. By the third meeting of our small group we had collected hundreds of signatures, including the mayor's, and were ready to present an ordinance to our town council last summer. That is still in progress. None of this would have ever happened without an amazing volunteer coordinator/lecturer/mentor from Food&Water Watch with a tremendous amount of experience and materials to support us. When we were able to speak at our town's ordinance review committee last month I felt prepared. When the legal questions came I was so proud to ask if the expert we had brought along could help us answer those questions.

I don't think our town council had ever seen that type of legal expertise from a local group trying to present an ordinance draft. The looks between council members were priceless. The mayor's office was very happy to have her help them with legal experience in fracking waste bans.

I'm not sure how our ordinance will fare but I am optimistic; in the meantime this non-profit has been instrumental in passing a similar ordinance covering all five boroughs of NYC. They have already helped five other towns do the same in my state and several hundreds towns in a neighboring state. As a concerned citizen with no prior experience in changing laws I never would have expected to be this successful on my first try. But with F&WW's expert mentor and experience to support us it has become possible. I have already helped another town to get started with what I have learned.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food & Water Watch has been a tireless companion in our effort at local town levels to get ordinances in place to ban fracking waste from coming into, or being used in our towns. Jen Siskind has been, and remains, a bottomless source of information and energy in this effort. And because of Food & Water Watch's involvement, we are succeeding!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been extremely impressed by Food & Water Watch for over a year now. Their mail-out information was very detailed and precise and first drew my attention to the important issue of fracked gas pipeline expansion and waste disposal. I found their members were willing to go and speak all over my state and help people to take local grassroots action. They are supportive with advice and data. They personally helped me try to work in my area. And I know they're working hard all over the country and have been out at Standing Rock, too!

Kelsey11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to spend a fantastic summer volunteering with FWW. This organization has an important environmental mission and I thoroughly enjoyed being apart of issues on a national and local level. By volunteering I was able to learn about the process of protesting and educating others on things that matter. Eleanor and Lars are absolutely fantastic, experienced, and intelligent leaders. I was able to attend protests against Fracking on Public Lands, and organize phone banking events. I also got to table at Grower's Markets. This was extremely informative. FWW provides hands on opportunities to volunteer and a staff with passion that is hard not to admire. No other nonprofit I've volunteered at has so much trust and reverence for their volunteers. By being given responsibility I was able to help vocalize the injustice of the oil and gas industry.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food & Water Watch has helped me open my eyes to the fracking problem here in New Mexico. With Eleanor & Lars' support we have been making inroads with our local politicians to understand that water is more precious than oil.
I first read of FWW from a letter Eleanor wrote to our local newspaper & then heard her speak at our County Commission meeting and got her business card to follow up. Her assistant Lars' youthful exuberance towards these important issues reminded me of myself 40+ yrs. ago.
I must thank all at Food & Water Watch for having such astute employees leading the charge to ensure all of us a cleaner environment.
Tom Ruhl

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Food & Water Watch for 3+ years. It's been a terrific experience. The staff is friendly and supportive, always willing to assist with materials, expert advice, instruction and their personal time. I love the way they provide support at the grassroots level and are inclusive with individuals and other organizations. They've also included me in staff training, which has been greatly appreciated. Working to label GMOs, support better food policy, protect against privatization of public water and ban fracking waste importation (my state has no drilling) and build national support to keep fossil fuels in the ground, fracking out of national parkland and move to 100% renewables without compromising their integrity or policy is why I will remain involved with them far into the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with Food & Water Watch to label GMOs. I am deeply impressed with their integrity, the accuracy of their information and the positive way that they interact with volunteers and other organizations. I repeatedly hear comments about how respected and well-received this organization is from other volunteers, the general public, fellow advocacy and environmental groups and elected officials. Through their printed materials, also found on their website, I have been able to inform and educate hundreds of people at table-ing events. Myself and other volunteers have participated in phone-banking sessions, letter writing events, public rallies and coordinated community events. Staff members and directors have always provided great support & assistance. This organization champions so many great causes (ban fracking and fracking waste, prevent water privatization, take back the tap from bottled water, improving our food supply through activism on USDA, FDA policies and congressional legislation) that I will enjoy volunteering with them for many years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food & Water Watch, along with Local Water Alliance, was responsible for galvanizing support for a ballot initiative in Hood River County, Oregon that banned commercial water bottling, throwing a stick in Nestlé’s wheel as it attempts to build a water bottling plant in Oregon. The people who work for Food & Water Watch are down to earth, strategic, and truly care about protecting the American peoples’ drinking water. It is a great organization to stand behind.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lena Smith of the South Jersey/Philadelphia region provided countless hours of guidance as well as resources in our communities' fight to protect our waters from Transco/Williams and New Jersey Natural Gas' unnecessary methane infrastructure build up.
She is still giving of her time and wisdom. Helping with planning and handling things like press releases.