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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arms Control & Peace, Environment, Food, International

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

130 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Years ago I found Food and Water Watch when I was looking for a group who is not influenced by industry, is inclusive and collaborative, and gets real stuff done. The folks with Food and Water Watch get real stuff done. Their research is based on sound science and is readily available for everyone. I volunteer with the groups in Detroit and Ann Arbor and am very happy to have been working side-by-side with incredibly compassionate and creative folks. Pretty much all tactics are embraced - and new ones created.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food and Water Watch has been a leader in the fight to maintain the natural beauty of Michigan. Michigan, as many other states, has been converged upon by outside corporations who would profit from extraction of potential energy sources. Food and Water Watch has spearheaded efforts to stop such destruction. There has been a noticeable wave of enthusiasm and involvement thanks to the dedicated folk at Food and Water Watch. The organization understands that it takes many to make change and stop the momentum created by these for-profit ventures. I proudly stand with them in the effort to maintain a Pure Michigan.

Jim_Egged

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the opportunity to work with this organization from the Detroit office. They are fighting against water shut offs in the poorer neighborhoods. They have also been working with city council to come up with a reasonable water affordability plan. This effort is essential because water is a basic human need and right.

Without the efforts of this group, their organizers and volunteers, many in the City of Detroit would have a difficult time accessing clean water.

This is just part of what the organizer do for our city a day its surrounding area. They have worked tirelessly to bring affordable fresh fruits and vegetables to the food desserts that pocket the city.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people at Food and Water Watch have a genuine concern for the health and safety of everyone. What we put in our bodies on a daily basis is important. Access to safe water and healthy food for all is the focus of these folks who have a real love for people.

Ankur P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with FWW to stop fracking in Los Angeles. As I got to know the local organizers (Alex Nagy & Walker Foley) I saw that this organization was thoughtful, strategic, and organized in a way that builds long-term change.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first time, I heard about Food & Water Watch is when they hosted a movie screening for "Gasland," at my university. After watching this documentary, I learned what fracking meant and the serious implications on our health and the environment. Since then, I have volunteered for them whenever possible to raise awareness among vulnerable communities. Food and Water Watch protects our most valuable resources including Food and Water safety. As a Public Health educator, mother and concern citizen, I highly recommend them for all the outstanding work they do to protect the environment and our health. Thumbs up!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Food & Water watch about a year an a half ago and it has been a very empowering experience. I came in knowing very little about the issues that affect food and water in Colorado and have grown to understand what these issues are, like Fracking and anti-biotic resistance, but better yet, I have learned how I can change these issues. I have become more comfortable in my own voice through the various trainings and events that I have been able to work on with the organizers of Food & Water watch. I can honestly say that I wouldn't be where I am today in organizing if it weren't for the folks sat Food & Water watch.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned of FWW by an event they held to carpool whoever wanted to visit a community in Colorado impacted by fracking, with local community members present to tell their tales. Wow. This takes money, and they can't do this often, therefore; but what a showstopper this was. I'm grateful they put this experience together.
The organizers in Denver are passionately driven by the mission of the organization, highly informed, humble to any personality type, welcoming and comforting, appreciative of veteran volunteers and new people testing the waters of their involvement. They're a dedicated bunch.
The volunteers FWW and its cause just happen to attract are gracious, passionate, silly-fun, discerning, and heart-warming people. If you're looking to get involved, this is a great organization; and you can do so on a very involved level or a once in a while, non-committal level. Your voice and efforts are valuable, no mater how you use them. I'm proud to volunteer with them. Presently, our causes are around banning fracking in Denver area and Denver's water supply, fighting for safe antibiotic use in the food supply - only as needed for animal health, and proper food labeling, especially as it pertains nowadays to GMOs, as we desire the ability to make informed choices of what we put into our bodies.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food and Water Watch found me when I went to see Gasland II at my university. I'm grateful for their efforts to seek out students like me to join them in their campaigns. I attend monthly potluck meetings where I am always welcomed. Food and Water Watch encouraged and trained me to write my story of environmental awareness, they helped me develop and feel confident about my public speaking skills at neighborhood council meetings and public policy meetings, and most of all, they helped me realize that phone banking, protesting, canvassing, giving public testimony, petitioning and lobbying are critical in helping to protect our resources. The staff at Food and Water Watch work tirelessly all over Los Angeles to promote clean air, water and food and to protect our environment and they do this inclusively, humbly and with grace.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working with Food and Water Watch as head of Take Back the Tap at Portland State University. They have been incredibly important in reducing and banning plastic bottle use across the country, and in the development of student activists. The staff work hard to make positive change, and never stop trying to develop their volunteers into tomorrows leaders.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food & Water Watch is an amazing organization. They are fearlessly leading the charge against fracking in the United States, and they are working with front line communities throughout the nation to directly resist fossil fuel expansion in the communities who are already overburdened by the oil and gas industry. The people at Food & Water Watch are some of the most genuine, hard-working people I have ever met. They are not influences by big money - all of their donations come from the grassroots, from people like you and I. They don't devote their resources to regulations - they demand a ban on fracking and other forms of extreme oil & gas extraction. I am continually amazed at how active this organization has been on so many important issues.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of volunteering with Food & Water Watch organizers in the Los Angeles area. I got involved because I wanted to learn about issue campaigns and fight for things I care about. The Food & Water Watch staff and other volunteers were extremely welcoming and were so willing to let me become involved. I learned so much from them. The organizers are knowledgeable and passionate, and they do really great work here in LA and around the country.

creativegreenius

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with and collaborating with Food & Water Watch California since 2013. They are wonderfully relentless, consistent, tenacious and responsible. As a fellow organizer for an environmental organization I admire F&WW's attention to detail and organizing skills. I like their frank and direct approach and I have yet to meet anyone on their staff who I wasn't impressed with.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Food and Water Watch has been extremely helpful in helping our community group organize to fight fracking in our city. We started Stop Fracking Long Beach in Long Beach, Ca originally in support of fracking statewide, we didn't realize to what extent our city was being fracked. (Apparently Oil & Gas doesn't think the public should know.)
When we found out how severe fracking and oil extraction was we were intially overwhelmed, we are small group standing against one of the largest and wealthiest industries in the world. I heard about FWW and was lucky enough to join them for a massive statewide rally in Oakland. they covered the costs of transporting a busload of us from Southern California. The event was so powerful, very inspiring to be amongst thousands of Californians to demand a ban on fracking and to take swift action against climate change. The event was so well organized and only captured the emotion of the movement, but ended with workshops and conferences and ways to organize locally. I now know that our small group is part of a massive coalition of independent groups who will organize and fight to protect our health and safety from the threats of fracking and extreme extraction.
They have provided training and helped us develop research as we approach local officials. They have introduced us to local residents in nearby cities who share our concern. We will win this fight to protect California's water against Big Oil and I know Food and Water Watch will be a major part of that victory. Thanks F&WW, we wouldn't be able to do it with you.
-Elliot Gonzales
Stop Fracking Long Beach

Mark184

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food and Water Watch is an impressive organization. Their staff are informed, energized and committed to every community and cause I have seen them engaged in whether on a local or national level. The training and support they provide for others is superior and should serve as a model for other organizations

1 Leatra H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first learned about Food & Water Watch as we searched for an organization to help us oppose fracking and its infrastructure. So many large environmental organizations wanted us to support them, but Food & Water Watch was one of the few who reached out to support us, a small grassroots organization called FreshWater Accountabiity Project. Along with our coordinator here in Ohio, Alison Auciello, we were able to mount protests, organize rallies, provide testimony, have action alerts issued, and be provided handouts, information and support as needed. We were even provided with sign-on's to petitions and a lawsuit to oppose the environmental destruction caused by fracking and its toxic and radioactive waste. We are heartened to hear that Food & Water Watch takes NO corporate donations, so they are not compromised in their efforts to truly protect the environment. Food & Water Watch is my favorite "big green" for good reason. I'll be a supporter for them forever, because we will never forget how they supported us when we first started out and really needed it - and how they continue to do so!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I appreciate the hard work on behalf of Oregon issues that we see at FWW. They have supported our GMO labeling efforts, are trying to stop Nestle from taking Oregon spring waters, and are working to let our legislators know what importance these issues have for all of us. I have enjoyed all the work i've been able to do with FWW and that they appreciate what i can offer for my time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering and working in the environmental community for four years and volunteering with Food & Water Watch for three. During that time I've worked on everything from labeling genetically engineered foods to helping establish local bans on fracking to organizing to end the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in factory farming. Through all of it I've had the pleasure of working with and alongside some of those kind, competent, and dedicated human beings I've ever known.

More so than any other organization or group I've worked with Food & Water Watch prioritizes integrity and effectiveness in all their endeavors. I've never felt like I've been tasked with busy work or that my time and energy is anything less than sincerely and deeply valued. I feel proud every time I'm out in public representing this organization and excited when I'm able to discuss with my friends all the incredible work I've been able to take part in.

On a personal level I'm humbled to be a part of this inspiring and energizing community of organizers and activists. On a political level I'm grateful that Food & Water Watch continues to set the standard for what an environmental organization can be by remaining uncompromising and compassionate in its vision and practice. If you value clean water, edible food, and a livable planet I can think of no place your time would be better spent than supporting Food & Water Watch.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I trust Food & Water Watch to safeguard issues that are most important to me! They have the planet's best interest in mind and they get results.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful, dedicated organization. I have attended rallies with them and can attest to how well they are informed, how eloquently they speak for our safety, and how effectively they partner with other organizations to help their cause reach critical mass and raise public and legislative awareness.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Food & Water Watch is one of the leading organizations in bringing to light the many issues we all are facing in trying to keep our food and water clean, safe, and accessible. The organization goes above and beyond the call of duty and provides information and petitions that are timely and easy to use. I am proud to be a supporter of FWW.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I live on wild land over Monterey County shale, and have my own well. I have seen the test drills erected in fields near me. It is so scary to me to see them. I support Food and Water Watch and trust they will help us ban fracking and do many other things to protect our food and water. It is such important work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was not aware of the politics of water/food until I heard then read W. Hauter's book.. After reading the book I knew F&WW was a very important non-profit to support. I get their emails and find their information is very helpful and easy to understand!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The goals and objectives of FWW match my own philosophy of trying to live, eat and maintain a healthy and sustainable lifestyle and planet for us all. Only, by myself I'm just one person and can't make much of a dent in any cause. FWW gives me power through its membership to actually make a difference.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love that Food & Water Watch covers the critical issues of safe food and water, the absolute essentials for our existence and for a sustainable world. Thank you for speaking for us all!

1 Sally58

Donor

Rating: 5

Food & Water Watch is a non profit group that works to protect our food, water, and fish. In this day and age when there are so many challenges to keeping our food and water safe for consumption this group invaluable! They work with legislation to get change done where it matters most! They keep the public informed about issues that need attention and effort from all of us who care about our environment and health. I am proud to be a supporter! I'm glad there are people like those who work for Food & Water Watch who are willing to work hard and fight the fight!

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Donor

Rating: 4

I think Food & Water Watch does a great job of keeping me up-to-date with relevant issues in the space. They also do a great job of applying their funds well to protect our food and water supplies. Everyone deserves the right to nutrition and I'm confident Food & Water Watch is helping us achieve that.

1 MarthaR

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Food and Water Watch is great in supporting the campaign against fracking and making people aware of its dangers. I have participated in collecting petition signatures and holding up signs to protest. Their activity to support EPA regulations is also important. I learned a lot by attending EPA hearings in Phila.

Donor

Rating: 5

I think this is a non-profit that is doing good things to improve and protect our food and water quality. Mainly against polluters of farmland and water resources. They work at bringing the dangers of pollution to the public's attention.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been active in Food and Water Water Watch for about a year. I know they are effective because I have marched against fracking and delivered petitions to our two Senators on their behalf. I also support them financially.

Donor

Rating: 5

We need all of the "eyes & ears" we can get out there making sure that the quality of what we consume is maintained at a very high level. Food & Water Watch does just that!

Donor

Rating: 5

Food and Water Watch looks out for all of us by doing the best they can to make sure the essentials of life - the food we eat and the water we need to live - remain pure and free of contamination. I'm quite active locally in environmental issues, and the staff at Food and Water Watch have always been immediately accessible, personable, and eager to help. I'm quite particular about where I send my money, but I've been so impressed with the work they do that i signed up for monthly donations.

Stewart R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They're doing a superb job protecting our food and water.

Kelly143

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are a small, but growing, grassroots volunteer organization dedicated to ensuring safe affordable food and water for everyone. We are mostly unpaid volunteers and concerned citizens. The national organization researches threats to our food and water supply, and supports our local efforts. Locally, we spread information about threats like fracking and unlabeled GMOs, and promoting legislation across the country to ban fracking, label GMOs and keep private companies from taking over the public water supply. We petition at local events, make phone calls, screen movies, and write editorials, all on a shoestring budget. In my area, we have also fought against a liquid natural gas pipeline through the New Jersey Pinelands - the largest fresh water aquifer in North America, a precious resource that we believe should be protected over gas company profits. Through our efforts, combined with other local organizations, the original proposal was defeated, but the gas company quickly maneuvered to give itself a chance to bring it up again. The Governor supports the pipeline. The fight isn't over.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food and Water Watch gives its volunteers great support, helping community members organize around issues that are important to their community. Public awareness is huge and F&WW pools its vast resources and teaches organizing strategies to empower the community in its efforts.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My final Capstone assignment required that I ask four questions of a non-profit regarding water issues. I held out little hope that I would find anyone as late in the day as when I began calling. At the Oregon office for Food and Water Watch, I reached a fantastic person named Julia. Julia was professional, helpful, incredibly well-versed, articulate, and just a real pleasure to speak with. Julia was the kind of well-informed, passionate professional that I hope to be someday soon. Thank you Food and Water Watch, thank you Julia!!

1 Scott79

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Food and Water Watch uses fear with technically inaccurate information to cause political change. Example, banning hydraulic fracturing. The effects of a successful program to ban an activity that is safe, and has been used over 2.5 million times since 1949 (JPT July 2010), would cause increased energy costs for all, and hurt the poorest in society the most.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wanted to reach out to Pennsylvanians and let them know about the dangers of Hydraulic Fracturing. I have never done anything like this before so I needed some support and guidance. I reached out to Food & Water Watch and was immediately connected with Sam Bernhardt who works for Food & Water Watch. He has been assisting and guiding me in many helpful ways. I wanted to do an event for the Global Frackdown on October 19th and Sam helped me with a few connections to find a location, discuss what I was best suited for, and obtain supplies to accomplish my goal. I was able to accomplish this and had a wonderful event at the Doylestown Farmer's Market. Sam then followed-up with me and we discussed the event and our next steps to help inform Pennsylvanian's about the dangers of Fracking. We are planning a screening of Gasland II at Snipes Farm and Nursery in Morrisville PA hopefully on 12/6/13 at 6:30. I did not have to make these strides alone. I was guided and encouraged the entire time. Thanks Food & Water Watch!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to volunteer as a summer intern in Food & Water Watch's Oakland office. I could not imagine a more rewarding experience. Not only is everyone who works there extremely knowledgeable and kind but they value the time and experience of their volunteers. I was given so many opportunities to truly be part of the team and learn new skills. I always felt like I was actually contributing to FWWs work and that my efforts were making a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Food & Water Watch on a statewide GMO labeling campaign and was truly impressed by the professionalism of the staff and volunteers working with the organization. Food & Water Watch has an incredible reputation amongst it's members, the public, organizations, the media and legislators. Everyone was invited to participate in the campaign and was was able to contribute their skills to make the campaign a success. Food and Water Watch trains their volunteers and provides them with materials to educate the community on issues like GMO's, fracking, climate change and factory farms. If you want to make a difference, this organization will give you the vehicle to make change happen in your community.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I signed a F&WW petition one day to label genetically-engineered foods and a few days later got a call inquiring if I'd like to help out. Over the next few weeks and months I had fun meeting and working with a small community of other volunteers, of all ages, united around a common concern, all giving freely of their time to make a difference. My volunteering ranged from phone banking, petition signing, making signs for demonstrations, helping put on movies at churches and libraries, and doing PR for events. I learned it feels rewarding be working towards making a difference. And even small volunteer jobs are important. Volunteering for F&WW is a feel-good activity and they are a quality organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a Food and Water Watch volunteer for a year and i have to say that it has changed my life. I signed petitions, wrote letters, made phone calls for years but FWW pulled me out of that comfort zone and into "real" activism. So far, I've worked on the Let Me Decide campaign for GE food labeling. It has given me the chance and the confidence to get out there and talk to people and actually have an influence on how people view our broken food system. I've worked a booth at our local Farmers Market five times this past summer. I've attended the labeling hearings in our state. I've even had a few articles published this past summer and fall. I've learned so much and am grateful for the opportunities that have come my way over the last year. I would never had done this if I had not met the FWW grass roots organizer last year. It's been a truly rewarding year as first a volunteer and then as the local co-ordinator. Activism does make you feel good!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met the folks at Food Water Watch in my community when I realized the oil fields near my
house we're and are being fracked for oil and gas. Since that time I have found FWW a valuable
resource to both me and the condo association I live in. Their tireless concern and efforts for us
all for the basic rights we all deserve such as clean air, clean water and clean food sources
need to have the support of each and every one of us! -DebA

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered in various capacities over the past few years with Food and Water Watch. I became involved with them when I submitted a form on their website stating I was interested in volunteering. I was contacted promptly and have always felt that my time and skills are valued. Food and Water Watch is a great organization, affecting real systematic change and it's exciting to be a part of that.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Food and Water Watch countless times over the past three years. During that time, I have been deeply impressed with the organization and with their volunteer management. Food and Water Watch is very strategic--they understand politics and how to build political power. I have always felt that my time as a volunteer is respected and well-utilized. I have had uniformly positive interactions with their staff. And I have learned so much!
I am also a donor. I feel good donating to Food and Water Watch because I know it is money that will be used effectively. I also appreciate their high level of financial transparency. They post audited financial statements and 990 forms on their website for anyone to download: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/about/financials-and-charity-ratings/

Don_28

Volunteer

Rating: 5

active work for food and water safety. work with other motivated volunteers to protect the most basic elements of life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

F&W is a great organization focusing on issues vital to life that we can win. They should get seven stars.increase

Erin55

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with FWW many times in the past because I believe that their mission to protect our food and water supply is one of the most crucial to maintaining our world. Their advocacy campaigns are effective. The stories they unearth are compelling. The people working there are world-class passionate activists who care for the health of everyone everywhere. I learn so much every time I join forces with them.

FWW is an absolutely superb nonprofit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food & Water Watch has been a wonderful part of my life for the past year and a half. I came to them interested in learning about environmental organizing my freshman year of college. I began working with them by being Take Back the Tap volunteer at my university. Since my engagement with them, I have learned helpful skills and strategies to help me build my Take Back the Tap campaign as a coordinator and environmental organizer! I was so excited by the positive work they are doing to engage students on campuses across the country, that I also joined them as a volunteer in their office, helping other students engage with their resources. Food & Water Watch is a dedicated, intelligent, and fierce non-profit that is extremely accessible to all people, especially students who want to make a difference on their campus!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience volunteering at Food & Water Watch has given me valuable skills that I can continue to use throughout my life. The staff provides thorough, are well informed on the issues at hand, and always helpful with any questions. Events are always well received in the community with creative, fun, and interesting actions regarding important issues. I feel it's crucial to have organizations like FWW work on national issues while organizing on local levels to protect our most valuable resources. My time volunteering at FWW has helped me become more motivated for social change and I am very grateful for time spent helping such a great organization and I hope to continue in the future as needed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Food and Water Watch for the past several years. I have gained tremendous knowledge and skills and most importantly have had the opportunity to come in contact with and learn from many outstanding people. Food and Water Watch cares about many of the issues that I care about (i.e. factory farming, hydrofracking, protecting water rights and many others). More importantly, Food and Water Watch is proactive and works continuously and tirelessly to protect people and our precious environment.

The materials, the opportunities, and the experiences they offer are first rate. This in an organization that I am absolutely proud to be associated with. Tia Lebherz has been an incredible mentor and I am fortunate to call her a friend. As a volunteer and as an intern I was treated with the utmost respect. Keep on keeping on Food and Water Watch!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I volunteered at FWW-Portland,OR it was wonderful! The people involved and the purpose(es) kept me coming back.

I have attended numerous events where FWW-Portland,OR was either the sponsor or a participate, and all events have been outstanding. Julie D at FWW-Portland,OR conveys a enormous amount information that is crucial to the cause. She has been wonderful at each event.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Food and Water Watch does an excellent job at recruiting organizers who in turn do yeomans work in getting volunteers what they need and service the mission they're dedicated to.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The success of many non-profit organizations is measured not by how much money they generate for their investors, but by the broader goals of raising awareness and increasing education of particular issues and creating change in the way society and politicians approach life-altering decisions which will have a profound impact on future generations. Food and Water Watch is such an organization.

My support for Food and Water Watch is based upon many factors. First, the mission of the organization is one in which I truly believe. Safety, accessibility, and sustainability of our food and water supplies should be guaranteed to all people, and I believe that eventually, with Food and Water Watch at the advocacy forefront, this will become a reality. Second, Food and Water Watch is not an organization that fights at the national level. Instead, it is very much a grassroots organization, working at local levels to inform citizens and strive for change. Third, I have found the folks at Food and Water Watch to be not only committed and passionate to the organization's mission, but responsive and well-organized. I receive regular emails from the organization keeping me up-to-date on the goings-on of its various campaigns.

I simply cannot say enough great things about Food and Water Watch and its staff. I will continue to support Food and Water Watch and hope others do the same.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I chose to support Food and Water Watch because I believe in what they research and expose regarding the top two of our basic needs in life. I recently volunteered at a Harbor Festival in Morro Bay, CA, that I love to attend and have many friends who also attend and volunteer for. I helped to tell people about genetically modified salmon, teaching them what it means and how it is a bad idea. I also helped to gather signatures for a proposal to the congress to halt this practice. I enjoyed working with Marie Logan who had contacted me regarding this. I learned a lot from her and hope I was able to contribute to the cause for Clean Pure Water and Naturally Healthy Foods. 15 December 2011

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The folks at Food and Water Watch were a pleasure to work with; they are genuinely passionate about the work they do and they go out of their way to stay informed about issues on a local and global scale. Furthermore, their work brings together diverse organizations in order to build powerful movements that intersect environmentalism, social justice, economics, and health concerns. Within the scope of their GE Salmon campaign, I thought it was especially great that they were collaborating with Native American nations and working-class fishing communities, which often find less support from "traditional" environmental organizations. If anything, I hope that they continue to pursue these alliances in order to continue their emphasis on the "justice" component of "environmental justice".

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved as a volunteer for Food & Water Watch for almost 2 years. The staff is well-organized, well-educated, and truly committed to safe food and safe water. They are quick to provide whatever we need in the local communities to keep momentum going. We have had access to several documentary films about the food industry to screen locally, and our local and state representatives respect the work that Food & Water Watch does around the country. I have worked with Colorado State University students on getting rid of plastic water bottles as well as local organic farmers who want a fair Farm Bill in 2012. I am passionate about working for food and water safety, and will continue to volunteer with F&WW.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience with FWW was in Ft Collins, Colorado. What i saw was this: cattlemen, union workers, farmers, and back yard gardeners all in the same room and all working on the same problem. The problem was and still is corporate control. The event lasted about two hours. All of the panel members and all of the short time speakers were ordinary folks like I knew in our farm area when I was a kid. I decided to learn more and became a member. I have been with them for about a year and am now a volunteer local organizer. During the summer, I tabled at the local Farmers Market and FWW reimbursed me for all the expenses. The is an organization made up of ordinary (extra ordinary) people that respect the earth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with FWW for 1 1/2 years now, and have been impressed by the following: 1) The paid staff that train us, guide us, stand beside us at public gatherings are very humble, down to earth folks who work on a shoestring budget. I feel that donors get an incredible amount of tangible and intangible product from just the few paid staffers (and many volunteers). 2) This organization calls a spade a spade, and does not care who the evil-doer is-one recent example was the scathing article by FWW staff about WholeFoods and Stonyfield Farms, and their collusion with the FDA to make the organic label as murky as possible. 3) Whether one is Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green, Martian, or whatever, FWW's M.O. appeals to most everybody. At a recent outdoor fair that we tabled at, we had a number of conservative farmers, ranchers, and rural folk who were just as offended as everybody else that the federal Farm Bill funnels the lion's share of grants and funds to Monsanto, Cargill, ADM, and mostly leaves out the organic producers and local farmers. Perhaps the only people not helped by FWW are corporate agribusiness and the fracking industry, two groups that have way too much money to spend on lobbying in our nation's capital. I am proud of FWW's personnel, tactics (lawful and peaceful), and results, and will continue to help FWW get the word out.

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5

Donor

Rating: 1

I ws interested in donating to Food & Water Watch and then changed my mind after visiting their Web site. They have not posted any financial information other than a vague pie chart, which tells me nothing. I work hard for my money, and if an organization tells me that it doesn't take money from corporations or the government, then I want to see an Annual Report that supports that claim!

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5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

While Food & Water Watch loves to bash corporate greed, it has not made an effort to be transpartent about its own funding sources. The organization, now in its 4th year, has never issued an annual report, nor does it post its 990s on its website. One would have to wonder what this organization is trying to hide.

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