Volunteer of the Week: Sebastian

This is Sebastian Randolph. He is an amazing volunteer for Sustainable Renton. There are so many ways people can volunteer for this organization. Sebastian loads food every week from Preston Food Bank to be given away at the Free Grocery Store.

We love the young folks that come to volunteer because it saves some of the older folks’ backs! Thank you young folks!!

Volunteer of the Week: TJ

TJ is one of Sustainable Renton’s invaluable volunteers.

TJ is one of our great volunteers that show up week after week to be of service to Sustainable Renton’s Free Grocery Store. If you are interested in volunteering at our Free Grocery Store, here is the link to sign up. There are many opportunities to get involved with this amazing organization. If Mondays don’t work for volunteering, there are other days during the week when we need help picking up gleans and sorting through food.

If you don’t know about it already, we do have Sustainable Renton Community Farm located in the East Renton Highlands neighborhood. This garden is open anytime of during the week for volunteer opportunities. After a short training session, volunteers are welcome to come and work at the garden whenever their schedule allows. Please email sustainablerenton@gmail.com to arrange a training session and let the fun begin!

Refrigerated Truck

Good Day all and a big thanks to all the individuals and organization for your support to meet the $7000 to purchase our Refrigerated truck. This truck has been a huge help in the pickup and delivery of foods and other products to hand out at our Free Grocery Store happening every Monday evening between 5:30 and 7:30. Currently we are delivering to approximately 1000 people a month which this truck aids with so, Thanks Again.

Sustainable Renton

Sustainable Renton has volunteer opportunities

We would love to put any of our tech savvy enthusiasts to work on our website. It is a simple WordPress format and it could use some spiffy-ing up.

We need someone familiar with G-Suite that can get our organization established with all that it entails.

If you are qualified and available to spend a few hours a month to help a good cause please email us at sustainablerenton@gmail.com.

Of course, we are always looking for volunteers to help at the Free Grocery Store on Mondays anytime between the hours of 3pm and 9pm. Come when you can and stay as long as you want.

Our Gleaning Project operates throughout the week. We need people to volunteer to take on certain pick-ups/deliveries. Some of our food goes directly to the area’s homeless camps. We need folks that will sort the food and box it back it up. There are a variety of ways that one can help. If interested, please fill out this form.

Lastly, our Community Garden has opportunities to serve year round and on your own schedule. Once a volunteer is given the introductory tour and shown the tasks that need to be completed, they can then decide when they are available to do the tasks. We do have planned work parties throughout the growing season however, there are many ongoing tasks that would be ideal for a monthly or weekly commitment. If interested in this volunteer opportunity please email sustainablerenton@gmail.com

Sustainable Renton Community Farm has garden plots available

To anyone that has visited our garden, you know how beautiful and peaceful this piece of land is. Celebration Church has been so gracious to allow us to grow food here for 8 years! If you are a new gardener or a seasoned green thumb we would love to have you join us in our growing journey.

We offer a Seed Lending Library, hand tools, wheelbarrows, rototiller, a small green house, unlimited free burlap sacks and wood chips to aid in your adventure of gardening with us. If you are a new gardener there are a lot of opportunities to learn about gardening and best practices. If you are a seasoned gardener we would love your input and will utilize your skill base to help others.

Please email sustainablerenton@gmail.com if you are interested in gardening with us.

Free Grocery Store cancelled for November 16, 2020

It has come to our attention that one of the volunteers who worked at one of our recent Free Grocery Store events has tested positive for Covid-19.  This particular volunteer did not come into direct contact with any of our patrons and while on site they used the recommended COVID safety measures.

Although there has been minimal patron or volunteer potential exposure, we are opting to address this issue with serious concern.

To this end, we will not be conducting Monday’s Free Grocery Store on November 16th. We will take this time to review and further strengthen the necessary steps to assure everyone’s health and safety in continued accordance with the recommended guidelines put forth by the CDC, state, and local government authorities.

It is our goal to resume our Free Grocery Store events on Monday November 23rd.

Here is an abbreviated list of local resources for free food this coming week:

DRIVE THRU FRESH MARKET

November 17, 2020 11am to 12pm

Rainier Beach High School

8815 Seward Park Ave S

Seattle, WA 98118

SALVATION ARMY COMMUNITY CENTER

Monday-Thursday at 5:30pm

720 S Tobin St, Renton, WA 98057

ST. STEPHEN the MARTYR

Food Bank hours

Mondays 10am – 11:45am

Wednesdays 4pm -5:45pm

Fridays 10am – 11:45am

13055 SE 192nd St., Renton, WA 98058

For a comprehensive list please go here:

https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/wa-renton

https://www.freefood.org/c/wa-renton

https://renton.salvationarmy.org/renton_corps/renton-food-bank/

We are so sorry for the inconvenience or any hardship this may cause.

Stay Strong and Safe.

Sustainable Renton turns 10!

As October came and went, we realized that Sustainable Renton turned 10 years old! We are so busy with the Free Grocery Store, we barely had time to notice. However, this slide show gives a small look into some of the people and events that have been instrumental in making our mission become a reality.

Sustainable Renton had it’s first Board meeting in October of 2010 at a coffee shop located in the Landing. As one of the members that were present at the first meeting, I have witnessed firsthand the years of effort that our dedicated volunteers have put forth towards making Sustainable Renton’s vision come to fruition.

Our first project was Sustainable Renton Community Farm, followed closely by Sustainable Renton Farm Stand. We have much gratitude to Celebration Church for allowing our farm to be on their precious land. This place is truly a paradise. Please come to visit, walk around, or grab a shovel and get to work!!

We have supplied food for the Salvation Army, The Center of Hope, Renton Senior Activity Center, local restaurants and countless homes and families with the food grown on this land. We have held many workshops that illustrate how to live a more sustainable life such as food preservation, draught resistant gardening, pallet shed building, seed sowing, seed saving, garden planning, herbal medicine, etc.

Our advocates have been indispensable. You know who you are. Thank you. Thank you for believing in our grassroots efforts and helping us when we needed it most.

Our volunteers are really the ones that deserve the accolades for their service. People who know that everyone deserves the dignity of having food to feed their family. That food insecurity is a social justice issue and that food is for sharing. We can and indeed must help those that need help with helping themselves.

Thank you all for an amazing first decade. Let’s keep moving into an even brighter future of service and the building of a community that is thriving and resilient.

Need help to warm volunteers going into cold months

Sustainable Renton, now in partnership with St. Mathews Lutheran Church in the Renton Highlands has been operating a Free drive-thru Grocery Store every Monday night at 5:30pm. This happens with volunteers picking up good, gleaned groceries from local area stores. As COVID continues, so do the rules of distribution, keeping us outside during the cold months ahead.

            This is a call for local organizations/ businesses, to sponsor and/or operate a warming tent, serving coffee, tea, cocoa, etc. for the volunteers working the store and the patrons attending. We are looking for donations of warm drinks, propane heaters, and/or volunteers. As we do this every Monday evening, this creates opportunities for different sponsors every week. Tent, tables, and chairs will be provided.   

            We started 30 weeks ago successfully handing out 1500-3000 pounds of food per week, serving as many as 300 families, as of 10-27-20 we handed over 25,000 pounds of food, serving approximately 700 to 900 families. The data shows approximately 92% in 98056 zip code with the balance in 98057 and 98058 areas. Even though we are a Renton based organization, we turn no one away. All this has been accomplished with only volunteers, starting with 17 volunteers we now utilize 50+ volunteers to meet the demand every week.  

Please email sustainablerenton@gmail if interested in helping out this winter. Your organization can sign up for a one-time help or a monthly schedule, whatever works for you or your organization.

Free Grocery Store moves to new location in Renton Highlands

Sustainable Renton has been operating our Free Grocery Store for almost a year. We successfully move between 2 and 3 thousand pounds of food every week serving 100’s of families in and around Renton.

Starting Monday July 6th our store will be operating from St Matthew’s Lutheran Church at 1700 Edmonds Ave NE Renton, WA 98056. This event will continue to serve drive through patrons. No documentation required. Everyone welcome.