Renewal Food Bank

Feeding the hungry in East King County in a caring environment of dignity and respect

Wide selection of fresh and non-perishable foods all for free

your dollars put to good use

to keep us running & buy food

Have fun & help the food bank run with a few hours of your time

Welcome!

We've expanded our space - Come see our new layout and get groceries for your family, Ask us about diapers and hygiene supplies as well.


  • Everyone is welcome to shop with us!
  • You can visit one time per week
  • We do not have appointments, We begin distributing line numbers 30 minutes before we open
  • Shop our aisles in a grocery-style experience
  • Pack your own bags (We recommend bringing Reusables!)

Hours

Mondays: 12:00PM to 3:00PM

Tuesdays: 4:00PM to 6:30PM

Wednesdays: 10:00AM to 1:00PM


Contact

Rewards

do you shop at Fred Meyer?


they have generously added us to their community rewards program!


it’s simple - just enroll “renewal food bank” to your rewards card and we will get a donation each time you buy something, no cost to you!


Our number is EE088 or just search by our name - thank you!

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Our Values

dignity & Respect

Shopping experience like the grocery store

community

everyone together helping each other

environment

reduce wastage of healthy flavorful food

What We Provide

Fresh produce, meats, vegetarian options, canned goods, treats, drinks, hygiene products

Fresh Produce

Shelf stable

Meats

Treats

What Our Customers Say

“Thank you very much for helping this entire community. My heart thanks you and may God continue to bless you Every day and continue to motivate them

For all your good love and blessing.”

“As a young low-income PUERTO rican single mom graduate of two pre-apprenticeships and transitioning into self-sustainability your support while I get on my on feet, your volunteer work matters

“Thank you very much for all your help, I am a single mom and I am very grateful for your help in these difficult times for me because I lost my job🙏

“thank you for the magnificent, hospitable sincere atmosphere, that we feel, when we come here and do not feel humiliation, awkwardness ... All employees or volunteers make a better life For us, new residents of America.... Thanks again ”


“The best foodbank on the Eastside. They give you a little shopping trolley and you select the amount of items to take based off household size. Feels safe, clean, privacy respected, quick moving, not overly picky or micromanaging staff. No meds or vitamins but they've got pet food, baby stuff, and some cleaning products. The staff are kind and helpful with questions and resources.”

“Thank you all THE VOLUNTEERS FOR HELPING US HAVE food oN OUR table

GOD BLESS you ALWAYS ”

Yen’s Story

Yen has been visiting the Renewal Food Bank for a little more than a year. There are six people in her family, including her parents, a husband, and two children. The family migrated here fifteen years ago. She received her citizenship five years later. During Covid, both she and one of her sons were laid off. That left the family to survive on her husband’s modest salary. Not only does she receive food and community support at Renewal Food Bank, but she also helps. She volunteers for three hours every week before the food bank opens, preparing food, and repacking supplies.


“When Covid happened, I got laid off. And I didn’t have the money for food for my family. So, I went to the Tukwila Food Bank. Then my friend told me about Renewal, so I started coming here.”


“Sometimes you need things, and sometimes you have time to give, to help. So, it’s very good.”


“Sometimes we get chicken we get beef, and even vegetables. It helps so much. I come here once a week, and its enough food until the next week.”


“It’s so good that the food bank is here. They know that there are people who don’t have enough money, and they help them. And they are very nice. They know you, and they help.”


Location

15022 NE Bel-Red Road, Bellevue, WA 98007


Donate

Every Donation Counts!

Use the button below to make a one-time or recurring monthly ​contribution. Or, send your cash, checks or money orders to:

Renewal Food Bank

15022 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue, WA 98007

Or, call us at: (425) 736-8132.


Thank you!





The Renewal Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

The Renewal Food Bank of Bellevue is registered with Washington State’s Charities Program ​as required by law and additional information is available by calling 800-332-4483 or ​visiting www.sos.wa.gov/charities

EIN: 46-1502418

Volunteering

if you're interested in learning more about any of these activities please reach out to us at development@renewalfoodbank.org

  • Volunteer at Renewal Food Bank — one time, bi-monthly, every week - whatever works
  • Tell those in need about us and help them get the groceries they need
  • Support us at work through your company’s giving campaign
  • Organize a neighborhood food drive — we can help you get started
  • Set up a food drive and donation bin at your school, church or place of business
  • Bring your family or child’s scout troop to Renewal Food Bank to volunteer


Team Building

Looking for a unique team-building experience for your family, workplace or friend group as well as a rewarding way to give back to the community? Look no further than our Team Building Volunteer Program to bring your group together in the spirit of teamwork and camaraderie.


You can help ensure that our space is organized and clean to promote our culture of dignity and respect for all our customers. This is a unique opportunity for you and your team to roll up your sleeves and make an impact while having a great time.


Join our Team Building Volunteer Program today. Together, we can make a difference and ensure a better future for our community.

Grocery Rescue Ride Along

Our shelves, refrigerators and freezers are stocked by generous donations from our grocery partners, community members and individual donors. Our grocery partner van pickups alone require more than 15 stops per week, all thanks to the tireless work of our Transportation and Ops Manager steve. ride along to help collect our food and supplies.


Available Shifts:

  • Monday: 7am-11am
  • Tuesday: 7am-11am
  • Wednesday: 7am-11am

Host a Food Drive

Organizing a food drive is a wonderful opportunity to bring people together to support Renewal Food Bank. Mobilize your workplace, school, church, family or other network to host a food drive and inspire your friends and neighbors to participate!


share the “Renewal Food Bank Donation Wish List” (Amazon link) via emails, posting the link on forums, or mentioning the link in newsletters. The list includes items that are currently needed by our food bank.


Donation Drop Off Times:

  • Mondays 9am-3pm
  • Tuesdays 9am-6pm
  • Wednesdays 9am-1pm

Food Pickup - “Shop the Dock”

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Communicate with Renewal Food Bank staff regarding the items to shop for
  • Drive your own vehicle to the pickup location for transporting the rescued food
  • Transport the food directly back to the food bank


Availability:

  • MondayS 6:30am-11am
  • Wednesdays 6:30am-9:30am


Location:


if you're interested in learning more about any of these activities please reach out to us at development@renewalfoodbank.org

About Us

Renewal Food Bank provides food assistance and essential hygiene items for our customers. Customers can shop weekly and receive produce, meat, shelf-stable groceries, baby supplies, pet food, and hygiene items, providing significant relief for their monthly budget while avoiding devastating decisions between basic needs such as shelter, education, or food for their family.


Since September 2022, demand for our services has surged by over 60%, to more than 460 families per week, benefiting over 1,500 individuals. In 2023, nearly 1,000 new families registered with us.

Our registration process is available in 6 languages and informational signage is provided in 10 languages along with photographs. Currently, 60% of our staff and 55% active volunteers speak language(s) other than English fluently, so customers who need language assistance can comfortably shop with us. Renewal is committed to providing our customers with culturally relevant food with a customer-choice/grocery-style model that allows folks to select food that aligns with their dietary requirements and cultural and religious preferences.


Currently, we partner with more than 18 local grocery stores and other retailers to procure high-quality, culturally relevant food and fresh produce, totaling over 25 pickups weekly. In the last six months, our food rescue team prevented over 275,300 pounds of food from going to the landfill through our food rescue program. We are committed to providing customers with access to nutrient-rich options, particularly fresh produce and proteins that empower our customers to make healthy meals. With the efforts of our staff and volunteers, we are able to provide customers with respectable quantities of 6-8 types of fresh fruits and vegetables weekly.


We strongly believe that many more individuals facing hunger require our services.

Please consider a donation so we can continue supporting underserved communities and reduce negative impacts on the environment through food rescue.

This is only possible because of the generosity of people like you!


Who We Are


Phillip Peters

Executive Director

Phillip Peters is a passionate nonprofit executive based in Ballard, Seattle, Washington. Currently holding the position of Executive Director at Renewal Food Bank in Bellevue, Washington, Phillip has dedicated 12 years to nonprofit leadership. His previous leadership roles included an affordable housing nonprofit in Washington, DC, Neighborhood Associates; and a food justice threshold nonprofit in Seattle, Teen Feed. He is a founding board member of KIP for Change, a nonprofit that aims to help at-risk individuals avoid both short-term and generational homelessness. He joined the board of Babies of Homelessness in 2022. In his down time, he enjoys volunteering with political & animal rights organizations, hosting dinner parties, going on ski trips and avidly reading history and the news.


Crista Robertson

Operations Manager

Crista Robertson was born and raised in Ballard and has now spent almost two decades living in Bellevue while raising her children. Trained as an Interior Designer and currently a licensed real estate broker and co-owner of Movemint Real Estate, she is passionate about her community and the people in it. Having experienced homelessness and hunger in her youth, she is happy to be able to contribute to the mission of RFB and utilize her skills and experience to help those currently in need.


Steve Rasnick

Transportation and Ops Manager


Winnie Au

Development and PR Manager

Winnie immigrated from Hong Kong a decade ago and understands the challenges faced by newcomers and the importance of creating inclusive spaces. Her background as a culinary instructor gives her a deep understanding of the food industry and valuable insights into the power of food to bring communities together. Additionally, with a Bachelor of Education and a Certificate in counseling, she has developed a compassionate and empathetic approach to supporting marginalized populations.

Winnie is dedicated to leveraging her experiences and expertise with a multicultural perspective to strengthen relationships between the food bank and the community. She is determined to make a lasting and meaningful impact by fostering collaboration and awareness and implementing initiatives that address the root causes of food insecurity.


Stan prince

Board Chair

Stan is a native of Washington state, growing up in Tacoma, graduating from the University of Washington, and now living in Woodinville with his wife of 36 years. Stan has two grown children, both living in Seattle. Professionally, his background is in finance, strategic planning, and supply chain in the technology industry since the 1980’s. Stan started his career in accounting as controller and CFO at several local startups before moving to Microsoft and Amazon for the last 20+ years, where he developed multiple global teams focused on business solutions and supply chain. Stan brings skills in finance, supply chain, organizational leadership, mentorship, and a desire to help others.


Dean Lester

Board Vice Chair

Originally a native of the UK, Dean has lived in the US since 1993, he is married with three adult daughters and lives in Woodinville. Professionally he has covered the spectrum from small startups all the way up to leading teams of 400+ as A general manager. Dean has run numerous product development teams within multiple divisions of Microsoft and Qualcomm and has started and run at least two innovative start up companies. He brings hands-on problem solving, coaching/mentoring and organizational leadership skills and focuses on developing practical solutions at a personal, technical and business level.


Loren Ott

Board Treasurer

Loren Ott has spent all 20 years of his professional career in finance, with the majority of it in healthcare. Joining Providence in 2020 as a Senior Finance Manager, Loren provides a broad level of financial support to the organization, from managing the system’s $4.9B allocation model to leading the Shared Services Financial monthly close process. With a passion for finance, Loren enjoys bringing this excitement beyond his professional career into volunteer opportunities directly impacting the local community. Loren received his Masters of Science in Finance from Seattle University and his BS in Business Administration and Economics from Central Washington University.


Jeff Reed

Board Secretary

Jeff Reed serves as Senior Pastor of Highland Covenant Church in Bellevue, WA, the hosting facility for the Renewal Food Bank. Jeff received his DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary, his MDiv from Western Seminary, and his BA in English from Westmont College. Jeff has served churches in Washington, Oregon, and California in his 34-year career as a pastor. Jeff also serves on the board of SEARCH, a non-profit that raises awareness and support for anti-trafficking and anti-exploitation work in Myanmar. He is an avid poet and directs a small publishing company called Wind in the Reeds Press. He is married to Susan, and together they have three grown children all of whom live in the greater Portland area.


Kathy Holmgren

Board Member

Kathy Holmgren is an RN/Social Worker. Her professional career spanned 40 years and included jobs as a hospital nurse, hospice nurse, parish nurse, and community health nurse. After retirement Kathy spent time volunteering at a food pantry in Green Bay, Wisconsin and later with Meals on Wheels in Cleveland, OH. She has been a volunteer at Renewal since 2014. Kathy also serves on the board of Circlewood, an organization dedicated to the “Greening of Faith” with a strong emphasis on environmental justice.

Kathy’s years in healthcare and her work in the community have created a desire that everyone have access to healthy food. She is very proud of the work of Renewal Food Bank.


Marcia Hoover

Board Member

Marcia Hoover is a retired family and couple therapist, practicing in Redmond, WA. Her specialty was working with couples, particularly couples who dealt with a chronic illness. Marcia also taught graduate work at both Seattle Pacific and Northwest University. Marcia completed her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University in 1996, and went on a year later to complete her Clinical Psychology Ph.D. degree also from Seattle Pacific University. Her husband Rick passed away from MS complications at the age of 68. The couple were married for 46 years.

In 2020, Marcia met Michael Kidd, a volunteer at the Renewal Food Bank. Marcia was introduced to the food bank on one of their early dates. In the Spring of 2021, Mike and Marcia married and together, continue as weekly volunteers. Together, the couple have fourteen grandchildren, keeping them very busy during their retirement.


Kafa Kathim

Board Member

Kafa Kathim is a Washington State licensed Cosmetologist having earned her license in 2016. Born in Iraq, Kafa came to the United States in 2004 where both of her children were born, now ages 13 and 17. Kafa has more than three degrees from Bellevue College: a phlebotomy certificate, a clinical lab assistant certificate, and an AAS-T (Associate of Applied Science) degree. She is currently studying to get her bachelor's degree in the HCML program (Healthcare Management and Leadership). She loves helping people and volunteering in the community.


kathy D. hoggan

Board Member

Kathy Hoggan is passionate about the responsibility of a community to provide for their food insecure. She has been a volunteer with Renewal Food Bank since 2020 following a career as national and international marketing director for industrial, publishing, and high tech companies and 20+ years as a marketing director at the University of Washington. Her nonprofit involvement includes 12 years on the board of the Fair Labor Association and university representative to the Workers' Rights Consortium. She has traveled throughout the world as an active voice for the rights of factory workers.

Kathy enjoys travel, reading, photography and gardening. She is the mother of two grown daughters and has resided in King County since 1965.