Sustainable Renton’s Free Grocery Store has made a few changes to meet the needs of our community during this strange and difficult time of greater need.
First, due to health reasons, we’ve had to change our location. We were offered a space in the parking lot located directly in front of Brewmaster’s Taproom at 2000 Benson Rd S Renton, WA 98055.
Second, we opted to change the means of picking up the groceries. The layout of the parking lot makes it easy to accomodate a drive-through version of our grocery store. We are unable to service walk-up patrons at this time; however, we are looking into how we may accommodate walk-ups in the near future.
The April 27th store will be our 5th drive-through store, with each week showing a huge need in our community.
We typically offer bread, pastries, produce, deli items, and dry goods, but as all food items are gleaned or donated, weekly selection will vary.
We have successfully handed out 1500-3000 pounds of food per week, serving as many as 300 families.
Our volunteers are vetted each week via protective measures, such as taking their temperature and filling out a pertinent health-related questionnaire. We require our volunteers to wear gloves and masks at all times, being careful to sanitize between each transaction.
Finally, we are unable to take any cash donations at this event. If anyone is interested or able to donate we encourage them to go to our website and donate via our PayPal button. If any businesses or individuals are interested in donating food or interested in volunteering for this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.