This week we are featuring Mariah Hayden as Volunteer of the Week at Sustainable Renton’s Free Grocery Store. Mariah is in charge of the check in station and making sure that our volunteers are following specific COVID protocol. Mariah puts in a very long day every Monday with volunteers signing in from 1pm to 7pm. She is very appreciated.
Jim has been volunteering for some time now. He does more than just Mondays at the Free Grocery Store. On Tuesdays and Saturdays he helps with sorting food and then he makes sandwiches and hands out lunches to the folks that might need them in the Safeway parking lot off of Rainier Ave between 2nd and 3rd Ave S in downtown Renton. Jim is a real gift to Sustainable Renton, St. Matthew’s and to our community. Thanks Jim!
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!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a training session and let the fun begin!
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com if you are interested in gardening with us.
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:
We are so sorry for the inconvenience or any hardship this may cause.
Stay Strong and Safe.
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.
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.