by Annika Hauer, Hazen High School, 10th Grade
Sustainable Renton is a non-profit organization providing free groceries every Monday night from 5:30 to 7:30pm, rain or shine or snow. Anyone can come to one of the locations and drive through make-shift stations passing out fruits, veggies, meats, dairies, breads, dry goods, desserts - no questions asked. It’s all free. The volunteer-run program provides food without stress for those who need it. It currently serves over a thousand people each month, keeping around 25,000 pounds of food out of the trash every week. That’s enough to feed one person for 17 years!
The food is donated from the government and gleaned from local food banks and grocery stores. For COVID-19 safety, everyone wears a mask, or two, and the outdoor component keeps chances of infection as low as possible. Although it is Renton-wide, Kennydale has been a huge part of Sustainable Renton’s reach. St. Matthews Lutheran Church, across the street from McKnight Middle School and just off Edmonds Avenue, has hosted Sustainable Renton in both of their parking lots since July of 2020.
I have served there every week for a couple months now, and as a high school student I get community service hours. You can too! To volunteer, show up. To receive food, drive up between 5 and 7:30. Though in a church parking lot, volunteers and customers do not need to be affiliated with any religion or faith whatsoever. You do not need proof of financial crisis, or a family of a certain size - anyone can come.
Visit Sustainable Renton’s website at sustainablerenton.org, for more information on their programs, affiliates, and living sustainably.
"The volunteer-run program provides food without stress for those who need it...anyone can come."