Local Web Sites
If you are looking for a food pantry, chances are that you will not find it on the web site of a
national organization but on the web site of the local city, county, township, town or village.
Web sites of national organizations may not be very helpful in many cases because most health and
human services are administered and delivered locally. That is why this site lists links to
local government web sites.
Sites With Free Information
Consumers should avoid web sites that require membership, payment of a fee, a donation or
'registration' before allowing access to information. There are thousands of web sites
that provide high quality, and often the same, information, free of charge.
Determine Funding Sources
Consumers should always check the funding sources for non-government web sites and also the
sources for the information that is posted on the site. A web site that receives funding from
a pharmaceutical company might not be the most unbiased source of information on prescription drugs
and related issues. Quality Web sites will make it easy for the consumer to learn who is responsible
for the site and its information. If a Web site doesn't, then the consumer should exit immediately.
Web Sites are Retail Outlets
Web sites may provide valuable information but they exist to sell the organization's products and
services, increase membership or solicit donations. Consumers should view web sites with the
same 'cautious eye' that they use when viewing television commercials and spend their time and money