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:
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.